▽ The Goddess turns 70
On the 21st of May 2016, Cher turns 70. Make no mistakes, her status of Disco Goddess is still intact. Ever since she appeared on Sonny Bono’s arm in 1965, giving The Beatles a run for their money with “I’ve got you Babe”, the world was hooked.
▽ Cher’s No.1 in six consecutive decade
The Glamazon is the only living artist who has had a number one hit every decade since the 1960s.
Aug. 14, 1965: Sonny & Cher’s I Got You Babe began its first of three weeks at the top of the Billboard Hot 100 singles chart.
1971: Solo, Gypsys, Tramps & Thieves . Sonny and Cher, All I Ever Need Is You
1973: Solo, Half-Breed
1974: Solo, Dark Lady
1989: Cher and Peter Cetera, After All . Solo, If I Could Turn Back Time.
1999: Solo, Believe reigned for four weeks at No. 1 The song would go on to finish 1999 as the year’s top Hot 100 single. Strong Enough and All or Nothing were also No.1s.
2002: Solo, A Different Kind of Love Song
2003: Solo, When the Money’s Gone
▽ Cher’s most iconic looks
After becoming friends in the early ‘70s, Bob Mackie quickly became responsible for Cher’s extravagant wardrobe.
Glittering jewel-emblazoned bodysuits, beaded chain tops and towering headdresses, her sheer, sequin-studded tops and barely-there dresses were all his doing. He dresses her in outfits that were considered extremely risqué for the decade, which gave her the status of fashion icon.
Mackie also aided Cher’s red carpet appearances, like dressing her in a feather and crystal embroidered gown for the 1974 Met Gala , and again the following year on the cover of TIME Magazine shot by Richard Avedon, or the golden gown and Art Deco headpiece designed for the 1978 Disco Convention.
“It’s not like dressing a regular person; it’s like dressing a crazy goddess. Sometimes she’s an Egyptian goddess, and sometimes she’s a biker chic goddess.”
▽ Cher’s hair
Cher’s waist-length, high-shine hair has remained a constant throughout her remarkable career. There is also her incredible selection of costume wigs.
“I love wigs, and always have,” she says. “They are so low maintenance. It just makes it easier to change my image.”
“There hasn’t been a girl like Cher since Dietrich or Garbo,” says Bob Mackie. “She’s a high-fashion star who appeals to people of all ages. She can stand there in the wildest garb and get away with it. She has a sense of humour about her clothes as well as a sexy, glamorous feeling. It’s a good influence.”
▽ Cher’s greatest quotes
Strong, powerful, feminist, independent and brave. The Queen of Disco was always true to herself and, for generations inspired women to do the same. Cher forever embodies the spirit of Disco and invites us all to do the same.
“I think the longer I look good, the better gay men feel.”
“Until you’re ready to look foolish, you’ll never have the possibility of being great.”
“The trouble with some women is that they get all excited about nothing – and then marry him.”
“Men aren’t necessities. They’re luxuries.”
▽ Cher’s greatest tweets
▽ My boyfriend’s two cents
So I asked Jonny what he thinks about Cher and this is all I got: “I know she was massive. She was a mermaid or something. I just feel like she’s a decent person.”
I guess women are the real architects of society…