Male Polish

A J. Crew ad sparked controversy this week for featuring a little boy wearing pink toe-nail polish. From Prince Harry to David Beckham, see photos of men with colorful mani-pedis. Plus: Justin Bieber’s own line.

Jenna Lyons’ son Beckett

When J. Crew’s creative director Jenna Lyons featured a photograph of herself painting her son Beckett’s toenails pink on the company’s site, little did she know it would set off a conservative culture war. "Lucky for me I ended up with a boy whose favorite color is pink,” Lyons wrote. “Toenail painting is way more fun in neon." But the seemingly sweet act had Fox News contributor Dr. Keith Ablow seeing red. "This is a dramatic example of the way that our culture is being encouraged to abandon all trappings of gender identity," Dr. Ablow said in an editorial. Erin Brown, at the Media Research Center, went further, writing that the image was “blatant propaganda celebrating transgendered children.” Lyons took the high road, refusing to be dragged into the fight.

Prince Harry

In March 2009, Prince Harry turned up at the Raffles nightclub in London wearing pink nail polish—on only one hand. While some speculated the beauty statement was meant to show support for Comic Relief Day, others suggested that the prince merely wanted to match his red-striped boxers. Either way, as one club guest told The Daily Mail: “It looked most bizarre and Harry seemed a bit embarrassed by it. He kept slipping his hand in his jeans pocket.

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Carson Daly

He may have started out as a DJ, but Carson Daly brought a bit of glam rock to the job, frequently wearing black nail polish. Now 37, the late-night talk-show host no longer paints his fingernails, but that didn’t stop ex-girlfriend Jennifer Love Hewitt from teasing him about the habit at his 2003 roast. "The fact that he wore nail polish was always peculiar to me,” she said, “because I always wanted to be the girl in the relationship."

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David Beckham

David Beckham is such a pioneering metrosexual that wearing nail polish is hardly his most outrageous act. Over the years, Becks has dyed his hair many shades of blond, worn braids and a hairband, sported a sarong, and once had a Mohican ‘do so powerful that it inspired a pubic hair trend for Japanese women. Back in 2002, Goldenballs showed up at a christening for Liz Hurley’s baby wearing pink nail polish. Then again, in soccer, you don’t have to worry about chipping your manicure—you can’t use your hands.

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Eddie Izzard

“I'm all boy, mentally,” Eddie Izzard said in a 2004 interview, “plus girl-stuff.” The British comedian, who frequently appears on stage and off in lipstick, nail polish, and dresses, says he realized at the age of 4 that he was a transvestite. But he didn’t admit it to friends and family until he was 29. "If you can walk down the street in women's clothes, you can do anything,” Izzard told The Independent. “The only way you change people's minds is by engaging them in discussion."

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Dean McDermott

How do Tori Spelling and Dean McDermott keep the flame hot in their marriage? By getting (and giving) regular mani-pedis. “We started doing each other’s nails and I love it,” McDermott told InTouch Weekly last year. “I’m wearing blue right now on my toes! I don’t know why everyone doesn’t do it!” Even their kids like to paint the town with Dad: “Liam has blue and red on his toes like Spider-Man this week and green on his fingernails like The Hulk.”

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Jared Leto

In addition to his film career, Jared Leto doubles as the outrageous frontman for 30 Seconds to Mars. Over the years, Leto has performed with blue hair, lots of guyliner, and many different shades of colored nail polish—which are frequently chipped. “Please, don't call me 'emo,'” the 39-year-old Leto said in an interview with Vogue Italia last year. “Glam rock is OK.”

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Cristiano Ronaldo

Playing soccer can be rough on the feet, so Real Madrid star Cristiano Ronaldo has been known to pamper his piggies with a pedicure. In 2010, Ronaldo was spotted at New York’s Soho House (with his girlfriend, Sports Illustrated swimsuit model Irina Shayk) with some black goth toenails that matched his black trunks. "It looked pretty odd,” reported one guest. “He was the only man in the pool wearing nail polish, probably one of the only men in New York."

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Bernie Mac

His character in the Ocean’s 11 films enjoyed a nice manicure, but the late Bernie Mac loved them in real life as well—he was a regular at the Glamour Nail salon in suburban Chicago. “Oh, yeah, I get facials,” Mac told Time magazine in 2003. “I get a manicure and pedicure every week. I get my hair cut, and I oil myself down from head to toe. I got that from my brother. I was so impressed with how high maintenance he was. When he left the room, you could still smell him for an hour.”


Len Wiseman

Honestly, who’s going to tell the director of Die Hard 4 he can’t get a little polish on his toes? In 2007, shortly before the Bruce Willis sequel premiered, Len Wiseman and his wife, Kate Becksinsale, got matching mani-pedis with Beckinsale’s daughter, Lily. And Wiseman is evidently a pedicure pro—so as not to mar his new black toenails, he left the salon in flip-flops.

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Kingston Rossdale

He’s only 4 years old, but Kingston Rossdale is already a fashion rock star . The son of Gwen Stefani and Gavin Rossdale, Kingston frequently dyes his hair close to Mom’s platinum (particularly his mohawk) and often wears outfits from her L.A.M.B. clothing line. In November 2010, Kingston went to a West Hollywood salon with Stefani and got a different shade on each nail for his mani-pedi.


Justin Bieber may not wear nail polish, but he has his own line of it. And as with everything Beebz touches, the venture turned to gold. The six shades in Bieber’s One Less Lonely Girl collection for Nicole by OPI—with names inspired by his songs—retailed for $9 each and sold out immediately at Walmart’s 3,000 stores. Fortunately for the Beliebers, nine new shades were introduced so fans could get their hands on the polish—and vice versa.