Been there, done that
Think about it: less than forty years ago, in the wild, funky and especially openminded (well, at least in some aspects) 70s and 80s, playing with gender was actually quite common: during and after the sexual revolution, people were more open to gender exploring, testing and replacing limits, doing their thang, no matter what gender or sexuality. If they liked it, they did it. Of course, there were people that took the lead, celebs in the public eye who showed that everything was and is possible. This post is an homage to three of them. Three of the most talented, creative, gender bending icons of all time.
An unholy trinity of gender bending
Who are the three icons I am talking about? Easy: David Bowie, Prince and Freddie Mercury. All three of them music legends, but their legacy goes way beyond that. Yes, they made great music that will probably stay relevant for ever, but together, they make some kind of unholy trinity of gender bending. They weren’t afraid to experiment, and they did it unapologetically. Let’s get into the how’s and what’s, let’s take a closer look at how these pop stars became all around legends.
Prince was a real jack of all trades, like they say. Singer, songwriter, instrumentalist, producer, all round genius. When he died in April of this year (What’s up with 2016 taking all our legends away?), the world was shook.
Known for his extravagant costumes and make-up, Prince wasn’t afraid to show his true colors. He defied stereotypes of race and gender, and became a sex symbol (!) through his androgynous looks. Crazy, right? Less than 50 years ago, an androgynous music star was nothing less than a sex symbol, while right now, we treat androgynous, gender creative people like some kind of oddity. Another thing: Prince was a true feminist. He always had strong female presences in his band, and he continuously supported women in the music industry. Signs of a true hero!