Remember when the entire world was talking about the girl with the Harry Styles face tattoo? You probably do, because singer Kelsy Karter made headlines recently when she debuted the incredible display of her dedication to the former One Direction member. Wild, right? We thought so too, so when she came clean about the fake tat on her YouTube channel, we weren’t exactly surprised. But we gotta hand it to her — the dedication was real, y’all!
In a video uploaded on January 31 titled “How I Rocked The World For $300,” the 27-year-old detailed her tattoo prank from idea to reality.
“In April of 2018, I was going through the hardest time of my life,” the video began. She explained her dog’s passing and the ending of her relationship sent her headfirst into songwriting, but she didn’t want to write just another song about what she was going through.
“Ant saw Harry on my lock screen and said, ‘Let’s write a song about him instead,'” she revealed how the idea for her song “Harry,” the obvious basis for the publicity stunt, came to be. She shot and directed the music video for the song shortly after it was written for only $300, and then shelved the whole thing to write the rest of her album.
But she knew she had to make waves for Harry’s birthday on February 1 in an effort to promo the track. So after a ton of brainstorming, she enlisted celebrity tattoo artist Romeo Lacoste to help make the whole idea look as real as possible.
After snapping the now infamous photo of the singer’s face emblazoned with the tattoo (made as real as possible by a special effects artist), she sent the pic out into the world via social media. The rest, as they say, was history — well, until she had to let everyone in on the secret, that is.
But clearly, she doesn’t mind letting the facade fall. “I love that Harry has introduced rock to a new generation of fans,” she wrote in the video. “Plus, he’s nice to look at. This has always been about rock and roll.”
“‘Harry’ is an anthem for the fans. The tattoo is gone,” she continued. “All that’s left is the music. Which is what my rockstar team and I planned all along.”