This week we highlight the first woman in our #TBT Syle Salute Series, and it is non-other than the iconic Debbie Harry, lead singer for Blondie. Debbie Harry first emerged onto the scene as a Playboy bunny, and ended up as one of punk rock’s most fearless frontwomen; Harry defined the simple fashion of New York City. She came to fame in the 70s and 80s with a string of world number one hits and is considered by some the first rapper to chart at number one in the United States owing to her work on “Rapture.”
Let’s take pause for a second to watch that video as this was the first rendition of “doing it for the culture.”
(Yes that dashing young man in the brown vest behind the turntables is non-other than Jean-Michel Basquiat)
Look at the way she struts around on the screen. That sultry swag that draws you in and makes you stare is what led Debbie to be named the 18th sexiest artist of all time on VH1’s 100 Sexiest Artists list. Harry’s persona, combining relaxed sexuality with streetwise style, became so closely associated with the group’s name that many came to believe “Blondie” was the singer’s name. Below we take a look at some of our favorite Debbie Harry looks throughout time.
Cindy Crawford’s beauty mark, Jennifer Lopez derriere, Grace Jones Cheek Bones: Debbie Harry’s lips are up there with some of the more iconic facial features of all time.
Over the years Debbie has become a front-row fixture at fashion weeks around the world. Further cementing her status as a true style icon as her presence is felt as inspiration by several of the top designers in the industry today.
It is her natural swag and effervescent personality as to why we honor Debbie Harry, and as she once rapped “Fab Five, Freddy told me everybody’s fly.” All we can do is blush and same damn Freddy you were right because Debbie is one Fly lady.