I am a HUGE Michael Jackson fan.
I just finally found the time to watch the MTV Video Music Awards, and loved the MJ tribute. Madonna's speech was great, especially this line: "there is no question Michael Jackson was one of the greatest talents the world has ever known". The best part of the tribute was that although the imitation dancers did a tremendous job, if you watch the video screen behind them of Michael himself dancing, you can clearly see why he was so special. Nobody can compare.
Before you focus on the tainted view of Michaels life defined by the issues and accusations in his later years, consider this as proof that he was the man. A relative of mine once attended an MJ concert in the early 90's. The show was sold out and he put on an incredible performance. So incredible that the show had to be stopped six times because women were fainting and needed to be carried out of the arena. Six times (in two hours)! When have you ever had that effect on a woman?
Not only did Michael (damn I hate writing in past tense) make legendary hit after legendary hit, but he was also a true style icon, and since I was away when Michael passed, I never really had the chance to write a worthy post on his unique and inspiring style.
Don't get me wrong, I am not saying that wearing a sparkling studded glove to the office tomorrow morning is a good idea, but Michael's style can be used as inspiration to dress with self-expression and find YOUR own unique look. Just keep in mind that entertainers have a full time "wear whatever I f-ing want" pass (case and point, Lady Gaga, below).
Don't try to be Michael, but don't be afraid to be YOU.
Yours in style, SB.