It is a well-known fact that major celebrities spend boatloads of money to appear perfect. From Botox, to hair extensions, to pricy personal trainers, to stylists, stars go out of their way to appear, well, like a star.
But one New York artist - like the rest of us out there - wanted to shed the celebrity of the glitz and gold and show them raw, as real people. That's when Danny Evans decided to scrub off the Hollywood and show what those in the limelight like Angelina Jolie, Kim Kardashian, Kanye West, Rihanna, Madonna and Johnny Depp would look like as average Joes in his photos series, Celebrity Make Under.
Evans 'presents them as duller versions of themselves - maybe a little frumpier, heftier or a little plainer, according to the artist, who uses images of stars from Creative Commons and uses photo-editing software to superimpose their faces on different bodies. Then, he gets a little creative and stereotypical.
Basically just stripping away their cool personas I always find it interesting to see what's left after the Hollywood has been scrubbed off, Evans told The Daily Mail. My intention wasn't necessarily to age them, but to strip them of their 'Hollywood' facade. That has more or less been my general goal with this series all along.
Recently, he has created a fat Jennifer Aniston devoid of her flawless hair, known to cost up to nearly $1,000 per cut and color session to maintain, a saggy and old Madonna, a morbidly obese Johnny Depp, Angelia Jolie and Brad Pitt as an unstylish 80's couple, a nerdy Jay-Z and Beyonce, and best of all, a frumpy Kim Kardashian and Kanye West.
But Evans' satire does not originate in response to anger directed from any of the celebrities listed above.
It was a reaction to the insanely over-retouched photos of celebrities that are everywhere, Evans told Celebzter. I thought it would be fun to reverse it and take it a step further by showing what they might look like without trainers, stylists, surgeries, photoshop...
Evans actually started Planet Hiltron in 2006, after he became fascinated at how quickly Paris Hilton and her celebrity power came to fame and its effect on society.
I created the Planet Hiltron series in 2006. At that time, Paris Hilton's mug was all over the place. It was inescapable - magazines, television, the internet, everywhere, Evans told The Daily Mail. So, I started a Myspace page satirizing her overexposure. At first I only focused on Paris, putting her face on any random image: Paris as Einstein, Paris as Ginger Rogers, Paris as a canary.
Nowadays, he sticks to celebs in the limelight similar to Hiltons reign in 2006.
I follow the blogs and try to stick with the stars who are pop culture relevant or infamous, Evans told Celebzter.
According to Danny Evans, reactions from the targeted celebrities have been positive thus far.
View the slideshow to see photos from the Celebrity Make Under photos series at Planet Hiltron.