What number of occasions can Madonna reinvent herself in a single lifetime? A long time after she first disrupted the popular culture sphere with boyish brows and a peroxide blonde crop, the Materials Woman, who turns 64 right now, continues to be a magnificence renegade.
Although she’s at present synonymous with stunning shades of platinum, it is easy to neglect that the music icon—born Madonna Louise Ciccone in Bay Metropolis, Michigan—arrived on the New York membership scene together with her pure brunette shade. Earlier than lengthy, she had dyed her shoulder-length mane jet black, then lobbed it off right into a punkish pixie (a precursor to Kristen Stewart and Cara Delevingne’s fashionable iterations). It wasn’t till her defining Like a Virgin period, when stylist, It-girl, and confidante Maripol was recalibrating her look, that she first began bleaching it and embracing the de facto quantity of the eighties—together with the mononym that may come to outline her.
Whereas sustaining her daring brows and signature swipe of deep purple lipstick, she plunged headfirst into her early 90s Blond Ambition section, teaming custom Jean Paul Gaultier costumes with excessive, mile-long ponytails and shiny Marilyn-Monroe-inspired pin curls. However whereas Madonna has by no means been one for minimalism, she did come round to the last decade’s extra understated glamour with easy, shoulder-grazing lengths, each blanched and darkened, earlier than getting in contact together with her bohemian aspect and adopting extra lived-in textures as she embraced Kabbalah and dominated the charts with 1998’s Ray of Mild.
From the early 2000s by means of right now, she’s hardly ever paused for a beat, notably on the subject of her shape-shifting coif. Re-imagining a lot of her iconic appears with new, subversive twists—assume a towering gold bun adorned with a turquoise Louis Vuitton headdress or razor-sharp black bob with micro fringe on the 2009 and 2013 Met Galas, respectively—Madonna is extra of a chameleon than ever earlier than.