It's gonna get sappy up in here.
What a week, right? Obviously, this weekend's beauty news is going to center around the Purple One, who died on Thursday at Paisley Park.
I live in Minneapolis; Prince grew up here, made his home here, and was often spotted at local grocery stores or riding his bike around his suburb of choice, Chanhassen. The loss of Prince has been felt around the world, but I don't think anything could compare to what it feels like here. I'm sure you guys have all seen the pictures of the flowers and purple balloons outside First Avenue, where they've been holding all-night Prince dance parties for the past few days.
I didn't realize how much I liked Prince until he died. I've been driving around listening to "Raspberry Beret" and "Seven" for days now, and everyone I know seems to have a Prince story or two. One of my former coworkers got to hang out with him at a club in the '80s and shake his lace-gloved hand, while a friend saw him recently at this little bar called Bunker's sipping apple juice in the corner. He was everywhere in Minnesota, and this loss is going to leave a gaping hole.
Prince was groundbreaking and influential in so many ways, and one of the most important was in his personal style. He wasn't afraid to experiment with fashion and beauty, and to play with the concept of masculinity; he wore heels, ruffles, and lavender perfume, and even appeared on an album cover in a little black bikini bottom and some thigh-high boots. It was sexy, sure, but it was also totally life-changing for a lot of his fans.
Prince, like David Bowie, was always himself, and that self helped a lot of so-called "weirdos" see that there wasn't anything strange about them at all. Prince was always pushing the boundaries of gender, sex and self-expression. I remember seeing clips of his "Get Off" performance at the 1991 MTV VMAs as a kid and being like, "Whoa! Who is this person?" Prince was like nothing I'd ever seen before; actually, he was like nothing the world had ever seen, and that's why we'll miss him so much.
Thankfully, he'll live on forever through his music and the unforgettable mark he made upon the world. Love you, Purple One.
While there isn't a list of Prince's best beauty moments (yet), I've been enjoying looking at his most iconic fashion moments throughout his career. Refinery29 points out that Prince was doing the crop-top/low-rise-jeans look way before Britney. And did you know Prince had a hair salon in his home? His ex-wife Mayte Garcia says that she wasn't allowed to use it; it was his and his alone.
"Oh, I never used the salon," she said in a 2006 interview. "I always went out if I needed my hair done. The salon wasn't for me, it was for my husband. Prince needed his space."
She wasn't kidding. Prince's hairstyles were just as memorable as his ensembles. A couple years ago, a fan made a this awesome illustrated compilation of Prince's hairstyles throughout the decades.
If you'd like to read more about Prince's impact, click here, here, and here, for starters. You should also visit Minneapolis Star Tribune (one of my employers) and read through their incredible Prince coverage, which ranges from his early years in the city to the big purple mark he left on people all around the world.
- Are you mourning Prince this weekend? My toes are currently a lilac purple, and yesterday I wore a raspberry pink lipstick.
- What's your favorite Prince song and why?