Lindsay Lohan’s manicure message gets attention

2010-07-08 10:10

Never has so much attention been paid to a manicure.

Less than 24 hours after Lindsay Lohan was sentenced to 90 days in

jail and 90 days in rehab for violating probation on two drunken driving

charges, the talk isn’t about her troubles, but about her fingernails.

The 24-year-old actress sported a colourful manicure in court on

Tuesday that included obscene messages on each of her middle fingers. Close-up

photos taken by a courtroom photographer revealed the tiny letters, which made

worldwide news Wednesday on entertainment websites.

Were the messages intended for the judge, who levied the harsh

sentence on Tuesday? Directives to the ever-present paparazzi who follow Lohan’s

every move? Perhaps a silent snub to her estranged father, who attended

Tuesday’s proceedings?

Lohan let her middle-finger messages speak for themselves until

Wednesday afternoon, when she took to her Twitter account to clarify the purpose

of the defiant digits.

“It had nothing to do with court,” Lohan wrote. “It’s an airbrush

design from a stencil.”

Written expression on her hands is nothing new, though. Lohan also

has a tattoo on her right index finger that reads “Shhh ...”.

Inscribing fingernails with messages is an emerging trend with the

younger set, said celebrity manicurist Jenna Hipp, adding that she wrote a

secret message beneath Gabourey Sidibe’s manicure when the “Precious” star was

preparing for the Oscars.

“Kids are just starting to play a little bit more with their

fingernails,” Hipp said. “Now with Lindsay doing it, of course, it’s going to go


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