Thanks to his drag-racing DUI arrest earlier today, this may be the one time Justin Bieber wished his fame and fortune didn’t open special doors for him — namely the imaginary doors to the celebrity mugshot club.
The celebrity mugshot club is filled with all walks of celebrity life: the rockstars, the scumbags-turned-A-Listers, reality TV stars, the young starlets/tabloid fodder, the young, the old, and the middle-aged.
In other words, Justin Bieber is neither the first or last young pop culture figure that has been thrown behind bars. There’s no doubt the celebrity mugshot club will forever be adding new members to its ranks as long as Hollywood continues to tell their stars they’re special and invincible.
So in honour of Justin Bieber’s latest and most unglamorous photoshoot, here are the 10 best celebrity mugshots ever taken.
5. Hugh Grant
With his shoulders up to his ears, it’s like Hugh Grant tried to charm his way out of jail time for lewd conduct a.k.a. getting caught with a prostitute in his car back in 1995. If a picture is worth a 1,000 words, it’s like seven of those words were, “Look how cute and British I am!”
4. Paris Hilton
If there’s something to be said about Paris Hilton it would be that the girl knows how to work the camera. In every mugshot she’s taken (one for a DUI in 2006, driving with a invalid license in 2007, possession of cocaine in 2010), the former reality TV star keeps her chin down, head titled to one side and puts on a slyest of smiles. In other words, she was well-aware how far her photos would travel despite the state she was in.
3. Reese Witherspoon
With her eyes to the ground and slight smile, it looks like Reese Witherspoon was still thinking, “”YOU’RE ABOUT TO FIND OUT WHO I AM!” Funny enough, that’s exactly what she drunkenly yelled at a police officers last May. It was only the beginning of her now-infamous inebriated tirade, one that would prompt officers to arrest her for disorderly conduct.
2. Robert Downey Jr.
If anything, this mugshot of Robert Downey Jr. should serve as a reminder of how far Iron Man has come. Before donning the metal suit, Robert Downey Jr.’s young career was fraught with drugs, an addiction he said began when he was eight.
1. David Bowie
We know we shouldn’t be glamorizing the bad behaviour of the rich and famous, but you can’t blame us for loving David Bowie’s mugshot. The Ziggy Stardust singer was arrested in upstate New York in 1976 on a felony pot possession charge when this photo was taken. In a three-piece suit no less, there’s no doubt the camera is loving Bowie’s high cheekbones and glare.
Honorable Mention: Lindsay Lohan
While she didn’t make our top five, we couldn’t leave this list without mentioning Lindsay Lohan. It’s all about quantity over quality where the Mean Girls actress (because, let’s face it, the Tina Fey-production was the pinnacle of her career) is concerned. Lohan had been arrested six times for various reasons, and actually looks quite bored by the whole procedure in her 2013 mugshot.