Every time I’m in plies and squats and racing around until my legs feel like they might catch fire, I keep thinking to myself, “Legs like Tina Turner. Legs like Tina Turner.” The rock icon and the owner of said famous gams is a style icon for the ages and a sign of perseverance of both the musical and personal variety. In a time of pop tarts and talents that have come and gone (and some who’ve stayed longer than they should have) Tina is – quite simply – a survivor.
Born Anna Mae Bullock in Nutbush, Tennessee in 1939, she went on to become part of the Ike and Tina Turner Revue and turned rock and roll upside down with her uncharacteristically whiskey-toned husky voice and sexy dance moves.
Barely surviving her own success and her must-storied violent marriage to Ike, Tina all but disappeared for several years after her divorce to come out swinging with a solo recording career that has made her one of rock music’s undisputed top recording artists. Lauded by Rolling Stone as one of the greatest singers of all time, her combined album and single sales total over 180 million copies worldwide, making her one of the top selling female recording artists of all time and it’s been stated that she’s the top grossing female live performing act in history. In short, ladies and gentlemen, stand back and hail hail the Queen of Rock and Roll.Today I salute Tina Turner as a sign of survival, a true model of style and grit and a legend of rocker style.
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