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Justin Bieber: What Not to Wear -- Compare-and-Contrast Edition

Compare and contrast: What Justin Bieber wore to accept a Diamond Jubilee medal of honour presented by the country's Prime Minister Stephen Harper vs what Justin Bieber wore to meet US President Barack Obama at a Christmas gala in 2011.
Justin Bieber and Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper_Justin Bieber and US President Barack Obama

Justin Bieber met with Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper this past Friday. He dressed in a white t-shirt with overalls, one shoulder unbuttoned, naturally, and cap turned around. You know, ’cuz that's the respectful way to wear your cap when you meet the PM of the country you're from, and when you receive a medal of honour, such as the Diamond Jubilee, for making a significant contribution to your community, province or country.

Canadian Justin Bieber receives a Diamond Jubilee Medal from Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper

Beliebers will probably tell you that the outfit is one Bieber wears on stage so he didn't have time to change. Because pop stars never work a quick-change. Madonna doesn't change her whole outfit and makeup in three minutes, so obviously Biebs couldn't throw on a suit with that tee, Miami Vice styles.

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I seem to recall that Bieber met Obama. Wonder what he wore then?

Guess we'll never know.

Do you have thoughts?

UPDATE 25 Nov: Judging from his Twitter feed last night, Justin Bieber seems to be amused at having worn overalls to meet with his/our Prime Minister:

I met the Prime Minister in overalls lol

— Justin Bieber (@justinbieber) November 24, 2012

UPDATE 2 25 Nov: The Beautygeeks team debated today whether Prime Minister Stephen Harper's tweet last night should mollify us on the subject of Justin Bieber's wardrobe choice -- costume or not -- for meeting with the PM and for receiving a prestigious award.

In fairness to @justinbieber, I told him I would be wearing my overalls too. #cdnpoli#beliebers

— Stephen Harper (@pmharper) November 25, 2012

While we acknowledge the amusement factor of the PM's tweet -- and note with interest that the PM had a 30-minute drive to meet the Biebs, and that his teenage son, Ben Harper, attended the concert -- in the end we feel the Prime Minister's response is irrelevant. We still think Justin Bieber could have made a more appropriate wardrobe choice for the occasion, and changed quickly afterward for his performance. -- JF

What do you think?