Before Lady Gaga, there was Madonna. For 30 years, the songstress has reinvented herself in dramatic fashion. From risqué bridal gowns to matador-inspired looks, her chameleon-like transformations have established her as one of the most influential style icons of our time. Today we celebrate the original Queen of Pop on her 57th birthday with a look back at three of her best looks.

Madonna in bustier and white lace gloves

1. At the First MTV Music Awards in 1984
Singing “Like a Virgin,” Madonna dropped jaws when she crawled around on stage in this skimpy frock – undergarments fully exposed. Her stand accessory? A belt buckle reading “Boy Toy.”

Madonna with long ponytail and cone bra2. On Her Blonde Ambition World Tour in 1990
There may never be a (cone) bra as recognizable as this Jean Paul Gaultier creation. Though first seen on the runways in 1984, it wasn’t made famous until Madonna wore it in stadiums around the globe.

Madonna in glittery dress and fur shawl3. At the 63rd Annual Academy Awards in 1991
Imitation is the finest form of flattery, so we’re going to go out on a limb and say Madonna has a thing for Marilyn Monroe. Designed by Bob Mackie, her dress was paired with a standout date: Michael Jackson.

By Kasey Rowe, Assistant Fashion Editor

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August 16, 2015

Bright lipstick is a Summer 2015 beauty must. While punchy hues are hot right now, it’s not the first time they’ve shined. Let’s take a look back at some of the biggest lipstick trends we’ve seen over the years.

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Colored pouts were the rage in the Roaring Twenties. Flappers like Louise Brooks complemented defiant fringed dresses with vampy makeup. This meant pale skin, rimmed eyes, and, of course, dark lipstick.

Red Lipstick Marilyn MonroePinup Red
For postwar women, red lipstick disguised sorrow. In fact, military nurses were issued patriotic red gloss (with application instructions) as a part of their uniform. But it was Marilyn Monroe who made the look iconic. She did her civic duty by famously flaunting a red lip on tour for the troops in South Korea.Brigitte BardotMod Nude
By the late 60s, women began to reject Old Hollywood glamour, opting instead for a more androgynous look. So, nude became the go-to lipstick color. For a sultrier look, models like Brigitte Bardot and Twiggy relied on smoldering eyes alone.

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Punk Pink
Experimental dress and extreme makeup defined the 80s. Nothing was off limits – especially when it came to Madonna. For the material girl, a hot-pink lip balanced out all the whips, chains, and pleather.

By Jillian Hudon, Staff Writer

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July 9, 2015

Versace has named Madonna, notorious icon of the 80s, 90s, and well, the indefinite future, its spokesperson for the fourth time. Madonna replaces last year’s face (and rumored rival) Lady Gaga in next spring’s campaign: a 12-page spread where she appears ageless, wild, and every bit in step with her younger self.

Madonna Versace Campaign

                                                                                                                                               Image via nytimes.com

This latest collaboration between the superstar and the luxury fashion house will appear in Vanity Fair and the American, French, and Italian editions of Vogue. Of Madonna’s persona, Donatella Versace tells the New York Times, “She is her own woman, a role model who shows other women how we can do what we want, and get what we want, and do so for all of our lives, with no compromise.”

Madonna’s triumphant return marks 10 years since her last partnership with Versace. For the woman who literally taught us how to vogue, it’s only right that she revisit the pages to remind us how it’s done.

By Kim Watson, Staff Writer

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