When I heard the news that pop icon George Michael passed away yesterday I was really sad. Not only was he amazingly talented, he made the world examine their prejudices and changed how many people viewed Gay Men. While his life was not free of scandal or tabloid fodder, he will be remembered by me for his amazing music and contributions to Fashion.
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I was born in 1985, and consider myself a 90’s kid. So I remember when MTV played music videos all day. Unlike other videos of the time where the artist was the star and women were merely arm candy. George Michael videos showed beautiful, confident women singing, dancing and being happy. He didn’t even feel the need to be in some of them!
I’ve known since I was a little girl that I wanted to work in the fashion industry. If I wasn’t making dresses for my Barbies out of socks and scrunchies, I was dancing around watching music videos. Like other 90’s kids, I was inspired by the fashion I saw on the screen so I wanted to share a few of my favorite and most influential George Michael videos.
This is my favorite Fashion Video. It was directed by fashion designer Thierry Mugler and takes place on the runway. It features avant-garde fashion and some of the most famous supermodels in the world. This was the first time I saw fashion and fantasy on the runway, and I think it was my introduction to Tyra Banks.
All I really need to say about this video is, The Trinity. Linda, Naomi and Christy were the cream of the fashion crop when they starred in this video. Made at a time when models were considered more glamorous than movie stars, this video is a perfect example of why these women “wouldn’t get out of bed for less than $10,000 a day”.
The epic shot of Linda Evangelista with her head inside the sweater. Cindy Crawford soaking in the steamy bathtub. Naomi Campbell dancing around with the headphones and Christy Turlington and that white sheet. These are scenes that made fashion imagery the norm in every household in America.
This is probably his most famous video and I love that it shows what a trendsetter he was. He looked so incredibly cool with his slicked-back hair, aviator sunglasses, single (dangle) earring and leather jacket. The distressed and bleach stained denim was EVERYTHING. Not only did he have a fantastic ass, he had Elvis-esque moves! This was the also the first time I saw a non-country artist wearing cowboy boots and they were so cool with that metal detail.
Do you have a favorite George Michael video? Do any of them spark a special memory?