5 Female Style Icons I Looked Up To Growing Up in The 80s and 90s.

Growing up I felt I was different than many other girls on my age. As a teenager I didn't listen to the chart music and I was a big nerd. I loved reading history books and atlases. I loved everything that involved learning. I didn't drink and rarely partied. I had my rebellious time despite this and many of evenings I sneaked off to meet friends that was much older and my parents wouldn't let me see. I loved fashion, but could never afford buying much clothes as my family was not very well off, so I admired people's style instead of trying it out myself. I also grew up in a small society, so I didn't dare to be different. This is really sad thinking back now as you should be allowed to be yourself no matter what.

I very often got influence from music and since I loved new wave and punk music so my biggest icon was

1. Debbie Harry.

She was my first crush. I had never had a crush on anyone until I saw her. I remember I always thought I was so different that liked a woman better than any man. I adored her from I was quite young and I still do. She was the classic modern bombshell channelling Marilyn Monroe, but sexier. Sultry looks and THOSE cheekbones. I loved her blonde hair and that she wasn't scared to show her dark roots. She was a rebel.  I was so infatuated with her that I remember looking for posters of her everywhere, but it wasn't easy to find so I only had a couple.

My second one also comes from music.

2. Siouxsie Sioux

She was probably as far away from Debbie Harry as you can come looks wise. She was rebellious and fearless. She was a strong feminist who wanted to break down stereotypes and she was fearless. I used to wish I dared to look like her. She wasn't the most traditionally beautiful woman out there, but she was so extremely cool. She was androgynous and edgy. Even now I wish I was a bit more daring like she was.

3. Queen Latifah

What a beautiful woman! She is one of my favourite women. I remember one time I saw her and she was labeled a "plus size" woman. She was wearing this all white outfit one time and I thought that she had never looked better and just proved that the so called "stylists" were absolutely wrong in saying that plus size women shouldn't wear an all white outfit. She has a big body, but has had a very successful career both as a musician, actress and lately as a chat show hostess.

4. Rita Hayworth

She was my favourite classic 50s icon. She died when I was 12 years old and that is when I really discovered this beautiful classic pin up. It's not a secret that I'm a big fan of vintage style, so I was a big fan of Marilyn Monroe, Jayne Mansfield and Betty Page, but Rita Hayworth was always my favourite. I don't know what it was about her, I just thought she was prettier and more sexy than the others. Her style was always elegant and on trend. Her iconic red pin waved hair and brilliant smile. I was smitten. I have always wished my hair looked as soft as her does.

And last, but not least

5. Miss Piggy

I LOVED Miss Piggy as a child and still do. I don't think anyone can disagree with me when I say that she is one of the most, maybe even the most, fierce and fabulous fat character out there. And her style sense is always great. Always very feminine and in your face. She isn't trying to hide the fact that she is fat. She is fat and proud piggy. I wasn't fat as a child, but I loved Miss Piggy. How can you not? She is strong and sweet, but can also kick some ass if someone insults her. I think most women can identify with her, but very few of us has the same ability to dare to be as loud in the way we dress.

Who were your style icons growing up?

1 comment

  1. Great list - I also love Debbie, Queen Latifah and Miss Piggy! Gwen Stefani was one of my style icons when I was younger (and she still is). Also, Marilyn Monroe - of course! ;)