Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

The Curse of Hot Ready Legal

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

The Curse of Hot Ready Legal

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Byline: says Rosamund Urwin

LIFE Rolling Stone magazine has declared Justin Bieber fair game now he's 18. But be warned, says Rosamund Urwin, it could be his undoing IT could be called the curse of the Rolling Stone "coming of age" cover. Peering out from the front of next month's music mag is an 18-year-old but still baby-faced, still struggling to sprout facial hair Justin Bieber under a banner so sleazy it could make nuns faint: "HOT READY LEGAL". And the Canadian pop star, a member of the faith brigade, probably won't be thrilled to discover that that coverline was recycled from another former teen star: once box office gold, now professional nightclub-fallerouter Lindsay Lohan. Since her 2004 cover shot and interview, Lohan has entered rehab, been arrested for driving under the influence twice, been sent to prison for 282 minutes and been sued by a woman claiming she was hit by Lohan's sports car. Good times. Somewhere along the way -- such is the intensity of the scrutiny Lohan faces -- Fox News even speculated on the effect her proclivity for going bra-free will have on her bazookas (their answer: she'll need to go under the knife by 30, apparently). So one can only assume Lohan was "hot ready and legal" for Hollywood, the paparazzi and the media alike to eat her alive.

The Rolling Stone cover career detonation effect has hit more than just her, though. In 1999, aged 17, Britney Spears appeared on a cover (complete with a Tinky Winky Teletubby toy) that made the American Family Association foam at the mouth. It read "Inside the Heart, Mind and Bedroom of a Teen Dream". A few years later came a 55-hour marriage to a childhood friend, panty-less partying and her naming a child Jayden James, plus multiple spells in rehab.

Then there's Zac Efron, the pre-Biebster object of 12-year-old girls' pining, who since his pec-groping Rolling Stone cover five years ago has reportedly morphed into a Hollywood party boy.

Of course, what this is really indicative of has nothing to do with Rolling Stone -- it's simply a manifestation of the typical scandal and misery that plague child celebs who try to reinvent themselves as adult stars. …

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