MINNEAPOLIS - In 11 days, celebrities will flood the Twin cities for Super Bowl 52. All of them needing the glam squad treatment for parties and of course the game.
One of those doing some of that styling and makeup is a man who grew up in south Minneapolis, Jonathan "Bad Boy" Gibson.
“I am incredibly blessed and grateful I got the opportunity to work with a beauty company called StyleBee,” he said. “My skills are natural. Started when I was a little boy. I used to run around the house playing with a mop head.”
Gibson will lead a team of about 20, styling and touching up everyone from the NFL commissioners wife to the stars performing at halftime.
“I am a little nervous. These are A-list stars. A caliber of people that my A game must be on. I am in a representation of my home: Minneapolis Minnesota,” he said.
Gibson is humble. This won’t be his first time touching famous faces. He was the stylists requested to style Sheila E. during a Prince tribute. He also styled Prince’s former wife, Mayte Garcia, Ashley DuBose from The Voice and others. He is a brand ambassador and an educator at Intelligent Nutrients, the USDA Certified Organic Hair and Body Product created by Aveda Founder Horst Rechelbacher, in Minneapolis.
Indeed, Super Bowl 52 is the perfect gig for a Minneapolis native who trained at Aveda and loves working with his hands. But Gibson's career almost ended before it began.
“I overcame a part of my life that revolved around the use of drugs,” he said. “I used to wake up thinking how can I get one more. One more hit. I have been in recovery six years.”
Now, six years clean and giving a fresh look to the Super Bowl superstars.
“The talent and gift to use my hands as a means to make people feel beautiful and feel amazing when they get out of my chair is a gift,” Gibson said. “I rather Pick up a hair comb and curling iron versus a bag of drugs.”