Deborah Gibson, the new Resurgence spokeswoman for Murad, exploded on the pop music scene at the tender age of 16. A music prodigy, she quickly became the youngest person ever to write, produce and perform a number one single, (“Foolish Beat”), a record she still holds today in the Guinness Book of World Records. To date, Gibson has sold more than 16 million albums worldwide.
After conquering the pop world, she set her sights on the theater. Gibson took a star turn in the Broadway production of “Les Miserables” as Eponine. She broke box office records in the London West End production of “Grease” as Sandy, and then took the stage in the U.S. Broadway tours of “Grease” and “Funny Girl” playing Rizzo and Fanny Brice. Gibson also wowed critics as Belle in Disney’s “Beauty and the Beast,” Gypsy Rose Lee in “Gypsy,”, Cinderella in the national production of Rodgers and Hammerstein’s “Cinderella”, Velma Kelly in “Chicago,” and Sally Bowles in the Broadway revival of “Cabaret.” Gibson recently returned to her Broadway roots for a successful run of “The King and I.”
Murad, Inc. has announced the addition of Deborah Gibson to its roster of Resurgence spokeswomen. Joining Joan Lunden, former host of ABC’s Good Morning America and Josie Bissett, Melrose Place alum, Gibson will be seen on Murad’s new infomercial launching this year. The new infomercial will also feature a song from Gibson’s forthcoming album. In line with the Murad Inclusive Health Philosophy, the song suggests finding and celebrating radiance both inside and out at any age.
If you had told me in the seventh grade, after seeing her in concert, that one day I’d be interviewing “Debbie” Gibson, I never would have believed it. I was one of those pre-teens, at the height of Gibson’s career, singing as loud as I possibly could along with all of her songs. And, furthermore, I had and loved her Electric Youth perfume.
Deborah and I recently had a chat about Murad, makeup, and a few other fun topics. Enjoy!
Well, let’s start with Murad. What are your favorite Murad products?
I love the Resurgence Renewing Cleansing Cream . I used to be pretty lax about about my skin care routine. I never had a real regime. But, I love this. It leaves your face feeling like is has silk on it and it takes off makeup really well. I love the Energizing Pomegranate Lip Protector and the Resurgence Renewing Eye Cream is great. It absorbs really well. The Resurgence Age-Balancing Night Cream is super rich and really moisturizing. And a little goes a long way. The Essential-C Day Moisture SPF 30 is great! Everybody in my family got Murad for Christmas this year. My boyfriend loves it too. He loves the Cleansing Shave.
What are your favorite makeup lines?
Mineral Essence, blush and eye shadow. Mac! I’m a huge Mac fan. Always have been. Too Faced Magic Wand Illuminating Foundation is great. It has a built in brush. And I love the Anastasia Eyebrow Kit.
Let’s talk about spa’s. What are your favorite spas?
I love the Murad Spa. I’m addicted. I love their Vitamin C Infusion Facial and the Vitamin C Infusion Manicure. It’s so decadent! I travel a lot and the Atlanta Airport Express Spa is great during a layover. They are so great and professional and they get you to your connecting flight on time. The Eclipse Spa in Chattanooga, TN. They pampered me all day long. It was like being in “Steel Magnolias”. I spent Christmas in Ecuador at Casa Ceibo. It’s a resort and spa. We had massages on Christmas day. Also, Two Bunch Palms in Desert Hot Springs is great. My boyfriend took me there after running my summer camp for the first time.
Deborah’s passion to mentor and foster young performers and songwriters led her to create “Deborah Gibson’s Electric Youth,” a series of performing arts camps and songwriting/recording boot camps. In addition, she formed the “Gibson Girl Foundation” that awards scholarships to those who desire to attend an entertainment camp, but are unable to afford tuition.
Taking a bit of a turn in our chat…Deborah appeared in the March 2005 issue of Playboy magazine and I had to ask her about it.
What was that experience like?
It was amazing! It’s fun when you get to break your own rules. If you would have asked me at sixteen if I would have done it, I would have said no. It seemed to have a stigma then. But, Playboy is so iconic. The nudity was secondary. Playboy is the standard for classy and sexy. It was one of the most professional experiences I’ve ever had. You walk in feeling completely protected and taken care of. I felt total freedom.
What’s in your purse?
Murad Energizing Pomegranate Lip Protector, Listerine Pocket Mist, my gym membership card, DuWop lip gloss, Christian Dior lip gloss, Too Faced lipstick, Bare Escentuals lip gloss. A lot of lip gloss!
What’s your best advice/tip for skin care?
It sounds so cliche, but sleep and feeling comfortable in your own skin. There’s nothing better. Murad is all about all inclusive health and I love that. Taking care of yourself from the inside out.