The unmistakable sound and style of the rock band Kiss has excited fans for over 40 years. Ever since the group first burst onto the music scene in the early 1970s, audiences have been wowed by their unique and now iconic makeup and costume combos. You may not even know a single song, but you certainly know the look.
Yet for one of the legendary band’s members, rock and roll stardom and all its excesses couldn’t have seemed more unlikely in his younger days. Living a childhood filed with ridicule due to a birth defect, his physical deformity might have put paid to any dreams of a career in music.
For Paul Stanley, also known as Kiss’ Starchild and born Stanley Eisen, a childhood spent as a social outcast provided him with a distinct motivation in later life. Motivation for daubing the now-famous star on his face and the desire to doggedly pursue fame and fortune as a way to “push it in people’s faces,” as Stanley told AXS TV in April 2019. He wanted to be vindicated.