Jan 15, 2011

Beauty Through the Decades: 80's

Moving closer and closer to what we call "modern", we can't pass through a decade of 80s, that has given us...well..lots of interesting culture stuff. When thinking of 80's the first few things that came on my mind was Hip-Hop, Graffiti, Madonna, Dami Moore, New Wave..Haha, i guess that was all. But i have a  good excuse - i was born in the end of 80s..i was too little to understand anything that happens around me and that was Soviet Union.., so anyway!:) So first i've asked my Mom what she remembers about the decade. She was also very young at that time, but her eternal love to fashion helped me to figure things out and of course internet..And i've made a conclusion that 80's was a jump over the gap to craziness in fashion and culture, but this craziness was so artsy that still inspires our hearts and minds.
Talking about music, the decade began with anti-disco backlash in US and 80s music would be characterized by the wide spread synthesizers and keyboards. The main tendencies in music were New Romantics, New Wave, Synth Pop Glam Metal, Heavy Metal, Hard Rock and Hip-Hop. Madonna was regarded as the most groundbreaking female artist of decade, she was noted for her many fashion incarcations (smells like Lady Gaga in the end of 00's). The super-cool haircut was mullet and intentionally messed-up and off-colored hair. And 80s gave birth to such popular cloth items as leggings, headbands, skinny ripped jeans, leather pants, Ray Ban Glasses, open-shoulder shirts, bolero-jackets, leotards, sweatshirts, Dr. Martens...In make up there was different tendencies mixed up: from crazy and motley colours and heavy make-up to something more natural. However we can notice most of this on the Famous & Beautiful girls of 80's:
Yasmin LeBon (Parvaneh) is a British Iranian fashion model. In 1981, the young Yasmin was discovered by a local modeling agency while working a part-time sales job in a boutique. In mid 1984, Yasmin Parvaneh met Simon Le Bon, lead singer of Duran Duran.
 Madonna (Hope, this Lady doesn't need some extra-introduction!!!)
Joan Jett is an American rock guitarist, singer, songwriter, producer and actress.
She is best known for her work with Joan Jett & the Blackhearts including their hit cover "I Love Rock 'n' Roll", which was #1 on the Billboard Hot 100 from March 20 to May 1, 1982, as well as for their other popular recordings including "Crimson and Clover," "I Hate Myself for Loving You," "Do You Want to Touch Me," "Light of Day," "Love Is All Around," "Bad Reputation," and "Little Liar."
 Demi Moore is an American actress. After minor roles in film and a role in the television drama series General Hospital, Moore established her career in films such as St. Elmo's Fire (1985).
 Olivia Newton-John is an English-born, Australian-raised singer and actress.
Princess Diana was a member of the British royal family and an international personality of the late 20th century as the first wife of Charles, Prince of Wales, whom she married on 29 July 1981.
 Annie Lennox is a Scottish recording artist. After achieving minor success in the band The Tourists in the late 1970s, Lennox went on to major international success in the 1980s as part of the duo Eurythmics, which she formed with former Tourists' member David A. Stewart.
 Brooke Shields is an American actress, author and model. Some of her better-known movies include Pretty Baby and The Blue Lagoon, as well as TV shows such as Suddenly Susan, That '70s Show and Lipstick Jungle.
 Tatjana Patitz is a German model and actress who rose to prominence in the 1980s and 1990s.
 Carol Alt is a American supermodel and actress.
 Christie Brinkley is an American model best known for her three consecutive appearances on the cover of the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue in the late 1970s and early 1980s, for her long-running contract with CoverGirl, the longest ever of any model in history, and for her marriage to musician Billy Joel.
 Cindy Lauper is an American singer, songwriter and actress, also know as The Empress of Pop. She achieved success in the mid-1980s with the release of the album She's So Unusual and became the first female singer to have four top-five singles released from one album. Lauper has released 11 albums and over 40 singles, and as of 2008 had sold more than 30 million records worldwide.
 Elle Macpherson is an Australian supermodel, actress, and businesswoman. She is perhaps best known for her record five cover appearances for the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue beginning in the 1980s. She is also known as the founder and primary model for a series of business ventures including Elle Macpherson Intimates, a lingerie line, and "The Body", a line of skin care products. According to Forbes, Macpherson possesses assets around £60 million. In 2010, she became the host and executive producer of Britain's Next Top Model.
 Helena Christensen is a Danish fashion model, (former) Victoria's Secret Angel, beauty queen, and photographer. She has also served as creative director for a fashion magazine, designed clothing, and supported funding for breast cancer organizations and other charities.
 Rene Simonsen and Joan Severance
 Kate Bush is an English singer-songwriter, musician and record producer. Her eclectic musical style and idiosyncratic vocal style have made her one of the United Kingdom's most successful solo female performers of the past 30 years.
 Kim Alexis is an American model and actress.
 Molly Ringwald is an American actress, singer and dancer. She became popular with teenage audiences in the 1980s, as a result of her starring roles in the John Hughes movies Sixteen Candles (1984), The Breakfast Club (1985), and Pretty in Pink (1986). She resumed her acting career with her role as Anne Juergens in the ABC Family show The Secret Life of the American Teenager.
Paulina Porizkova is a Czechoslovakian-born model and actress. At the age of 18, she became the first woman from Eastern Europe to grace the cover of the Sports Illustrated swimsuit issue. She was the second woman (after Christie Brinkley) to be featured on the swimsuit issue's front cover consecutive times (1984 and 1985).
P.S. Dear Earthling, if i've forgot somebody beautiful and important of this time period - please do not keep silence! Leave Comments, telling me who should also be in the list. Merci.


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