Cyndi Lauper: Fame stole my style
Cyndi Lauper's unique style of dress was as popular as her music with her fans.
Cyndi Lauper felt as though she lost her individual dress sense when she became famous.
The American singer sprang onto the music scene in the 1980s with hits such as Girls Just Wanna Have Fun and True Colours. It wasn't just her songs that gained attention though as her quirky style has played a big part in her rise to fame, with fans clamouring to recreate her offbeat looks.
"Before I was a pop star I used to have people throw rocks at me ’cause I was wearing vintage clothing that didn’t fit very well, and it was different," she told Britain's Big Issue magazine. "Someone threw a rock and I’d say, 'Oh really? Where did you get your clothes from? A rack alongside 10 others that were exactly the same?'
"But then when I became famous everyone started dressing like me. I didn’t expect that. I guess they just wanted to have fun. But I felt like I couldn’t be who I was any more because it had all gone. It was like a uniform, this thing I’d put on to empower myself. I’d picked out all those pieces."
She added that while playing club gigs during the early days, each musician had their own space and taste in clothing. Cyndi stuck to her kooky ensembles, while other rising stars such as Madonna chose to go down a different fashion route.
Clothes have always played a big part in the 62-year-old's life and some pieces have even inspired her music.
"I wrote a song once, Hat Full of Stars, about this lucky hat I found," she recalled of the track from the same-titled 1993 album. "I don’t know where the hell it is now, you lose things as you go. I was so lonely at that time. I had my dog. And I held the hat up to the sky and I imagined taking the sky and putting it in my hat. And every time I wore that hat I could close my eyes and see the sky."
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