January 11 / What we like

Style Heroine: Cher

The Goddess of Pop is all about being a strong woman in an even stronger outfit.

A major pop culture icon for over 5 decades, Cher has helped shaped entertainment as we know it today. Starting in 1965 with her husband in Sonny & Cher and then establishing herself as a powerful solo act, she quickly became an icon. Goldmine magazine’s Phill Marder described her as the leader of an effort in the 1960s to “advance feminine rebellion in the rock world [and] the prototype of the female rock star, setting the standard for appearance [and] attitude.” She was anti-drug, pro self-empowerment and a major supporter of equality and love. She spent the ’70s on stage with her husband in a variety program and later in the decade after they divorced she became a staple Las Vegas act. The ’80s had her on Broadway which quickly parlayed into a very successful Hollywood acting career — she won Academy Awards while she simultaneously became a serious rock star. Oh, and did we mention she pioneered the use of auto-tune? Believe was the first popular song to use the program and it became known as the “Cher Effect.” She is the only person to have ever received an Oscar, a Grammy, an Emmy, three Golden Globes and the Best Actress Award at the Cannes Film Festival. She’s lived a lot of firsts, played a lot of roles, attended awards shows since the late ’60s and lived her life out in the public eye for almost 50 years. And that my friends means she’s worn a lot of outfits. Some bad, some good, but always memorable.

Cher & Farrah

Cher, Sonny & Dylan

1990 film Mermaids

Cher & Chastity

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