Just how many times can Madonna reinvent herself in a single lifetime? Decades after she first disrupted the pop culture sphere with boyish brows and a peroxide blonde crop, the Material Girl, who turns 64 today, is still a beauty renegade.
Though she’s currently synonymous with shocking shades of platinum, you can forget that the music iconborn Madonna Louise Ciccone in Bay City, Michiganarrived on the brand new York club scene with her natural brunette shade. In a short time, she had dyed her shoulder-length mane jet black, then lobbed it off right into a punkish pixie (a precursor to Kristen Stewart and Cara Delevingne’s modern iterations). It wasn’t until her defining Such as a Virgin period, when stylist, It-girl, and confidante Maripol was recalibrating her look, that she first started bleaching it and embracing the de facto level of the eightiesalong with the mononym that could arrived at define her.
While maintaining her bold brows and signature swipe of deep red lipstick, she plunged headfirst into her early 90s Blond Ambition phase, teaming custom Jean Paul Gaultier costumes with high, mile-long ponytails and glossy Marilyn-Monroe-inspired pin curls. But while Madonna hasn’t been one for minimalism, she did come around to the decade’s more understated glamour with smooth, shoulder-grazing lengths, both blanched and darkened, before phoning her bohemian side and adopting more lived-in textures as she embraced Kabbalah and dominated the charts with 1998’s Ray of Light.
From the first 2000s through today, she’s rarely paused for a beat, particularly if it involves her shape-shifting coif. Re-imagining a lot of her iconic looks with new, subversive twiststhink a towering gold bun adorned with a turquoise Louis Vuitton headdress or razor-sharp black bob with micro fringe at the 2009 and 2013 Met Galas, respectivelyMadonna is more of a chameleon than previously.