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"Eyebrows Are Everything" and Other Key Style Lessons Taught by Boy George
The Culture Club frontman helped make androgyny chic.
Boy George's appearances on The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills are a reminder of his pervasive impact on popular music and culture. A fearless style icon, the Culture Club frontman continues to fight for the right of people to be themselves on the inside and outside. The key lessons learned from his path of self-expression and individuality are never to be forgotten:
1. Eyebrows are everything.
"Every bitch needs a frame," George declared at the start of a makeup tutorial for Paper. "Eyebrows are everything!" Whether male, female or a seamless blend of the two, starting with a strong frame sets you on the way to fabulousness.
2. Androgyny should be normal without success.
When Culture Club became popular, the concept of androgyny was introduced into the mainstream, with Boy George as ambassador. "Five years ago, six years ago, I was dressing the same way and people didn't accept me," he said on Face The Nation in 1984, the same year he was on the cover of the UK edition of Cosmopolitan.
He continued: "Now, because I'm a very famous person people accept that I can look male and female. There are a lot of people out in the jungle who still dress the way I do and my job is to make it safe for them to be able to be normal people without being successful."
3. Unity Is Key
British designer Sue Clowes is credited with creating the casual clothing adorned with Hebrew and Judaic symbols seen in Culture Club's debut video, "Do You Really Want to Hurt Me?" But George recently revealed on Twitter that the idea for the Jewish designs actually came from Culture Club drummer Jon Moss, and were worn to reflect on an ideal of world unity.
4. Statement Necklaces Are Always In Fashion.
Whether gabbing with Joan Rivers in the Eighties or entertaining sold-out shows in 2017, George has always understood the value of a statement necklace. Or five.
5. Style Is Born.
Even as a pre-fame 19-year-old who dressed mannequins and had no money, George had style.
6. Beards Are Chic.
Just ask one of the Dior Homme stars of Summer 2017.
7. Always Be Yourself!
But the best lesson we've learned from decades of loving Boy George is that you should always be yourself and flaunt what you've got. "My whole thing is really about wearing things that other people wouldn’t wear or having stuff made that is especially for me," George admitted to Equality 365. "I am not really into fashion. Fashion is about money. Fashion is about prestige, isn’t it? My thing is more about personal style."