The skilled 17-year-old has surpassed all our skills combined in the year that he's been wearing make-up.
Stephanie Marie Anderson

15 Nov 2016 - 2:40 PM  UPDATED 15 Nov 2016 - 2:40 PM

If you need a break from the real news of the past week or so, try this on for size. 17-year-old James Charles - aka Cover Girl's first cover boy - appeared on The Ellen Show, and honestly, it's just a nice way to spend the next five minutes.

The pair chat about James' now-viral senior school photos snagged him the Cover Girl deal.

"I woke up very very early to do my make-up for them, 'coz I was like 'Oh it's a special occasion, might as well try to look cute!' and I went and got them done and they looked SO BAD!" he says. "I was like 'I know I did not wake up at 7am to get glam and this was the result!'"

Meet James Charles, CoverGirl's first ever cover boy
"I was shook and didn’t believe it at first, [but] when I found out it was a real opportunity, I literally screamed and then cried, I was so excited," the 17-year-old said.

Detailing how he emailed the school photo company, James tells Ellen that they allowed him to reshoot his photos—complete with his own lighting that he brought from home.

"I guess Cover Girl saw that, and here we are!" he concludes.

James also tells Ellen that he came out to his "very very accepting" parents at age 12, and started wearing make-up a year ago.

"When I first told my parents I wanted to do make-up... that was a big thing," he says. "They were like 'we love you no matter what, if you're trans you can tell us!'"

"It just took a lot of explaining, because men in make-up is obviously a new concept, it has not been widely accepted in the past, so it was definitely a learning process."

But it all worked out, he says, "once my parents understood... that  wanted to do it as a career, that I was just expressing myself".

Check out the interview below: