Open Thread: Who's Your Beauty Inspiration?

A shout out to the ladies who are giving us life.
Publish date:
June 27, 2014
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Last night, I got to see Erykah Badu perform at Radio City Music Hall. She was the guest of Dave Chappelle, who ended his 10-show run there. Or at least, that was supposed to be the last show: He announced that he was going to do one more, tonight. It was, to be the queen of understatement, a very, very good night. We were even sent on our way with a free T-shirt, designed by Obey, to commemorate it; the back says, "I WAS THERE."

Erykah Badu was on my live-performance bucket list. I have no good explanation for why it's taken me this long to see her, considering I'm a huge fan. Maybe I was worried that she wouldn't live up to the hype in my head. I mean, her Live album? It's easily one of the best live albums of all time. I needn't have worried. Both she (and Chappelle) brought down the house. She even played "Tyrone"!

When people ask me who my beauty inspirations are, they're pretty much all female musicians: Justine Frischmann, Jody Watley, Alison Mosshart, Beyoncé, Kathleen Hanna, and Ms. Badu. She is a vision. If I look half that good in my mid-40s, maybe I will quit my job and become a catalogue model, for like, Chicos or something.

Who are your beauty icons? Share them with us below!

And, of course, it's your Open Thread, so share whatever the heck else you want, too.