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Cher's Show-Stopping Style Redefines What It Means To Be 70

"Until you're ready to look foolish, you’ll never have the possibility of being great."

20/05/2016 11:29 PM AEST | Updated 20/05/2016 11:29 PM AEST
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Modesty has never been Cher's MO. From the midriff-baring costumes she sported on "The Sonny & Cher Comedy Hour" to the larger-than-life Bob Mackie headpieces she's donned as a solo act, Cher isn't afraid of taking risks. This is largely why she has reached fashion icon status. 

Cher's unapologetic style continues to be remixed by pop stars, including Katy Perry, Rihanna and Lady Gaga. Critics may blast them for their risqué fashion statements, but Cher's philosophy on image puts it all into perspective: "Until you're ready to look foolish, you’ll never have the possibility of being great."

As Cher turns 70 on May 20, the singer-actress continues to give her "all or nothing" on the stage and red carpet. So we celebrate her birthday with a look back at her fearless fashions over the years.

May you continue to live boldly, Cher

  • 1966
    Michael Ochs Archives via Getty Images
    Cher in a still from the movie "Good Times."
  • 1971
    Michael Ochs Archives via Getty Images
    Cher poses for a portrait wearing an ornate costume.
  • 1972
    CBS Photo Archive via Getty Images
    Promotional portrait of Cher for the "The Sonny and Cher Comedy Hour."
  • Circa 1972
    Michael Ochs Archives via Getty Images
    Cher poses for a portrait in circa 1972. 
  • 1972
    CBS Photo Archive via Getty Images
    Promotional portrait of Cher for "The Sonny and Cher Comedy Hour."
  • 1972
    CBS Photo Archive via Getty Images
    Promotional portrait of Cher for "The Sonny and Cher Comedy Hour."
  • 1972
    CBS Photo Archive via Getty Images
    Promotional portrait of Cher for "The Sonny and Cher Comedy Hour."
  • 1972
    CBS Photo Archive via Getty Images
    Promotional portrait of Cher for "The Sonny and Cher Comedy Hour."
  • 1972
    CBS Photo Archive via Getty Images
    Promotional portrait of Cher for "The Sonny and Cher Comedy Hour."
  • 1972
    CBS Photo Archive via Getty Images
    Promotional portrait of Cher for "The Sonny and Cher Comedy Hour."
  • 1972
    Michael Ochs Archives via Getty Images
    Cher performs onstage.
  • 1973
    Michael Ochs Archives via Getty Images
    Cher and Sonny Bono at the Academy Awards in Los Angeles, California. 
  • 1973
    CBS Photo Archive via Getty Images
    Sonny Bono and Cher perform on "The Sonny & Cher Comedy Hour."
  • 1973
    Silver Screen Collection via Getty Images
    Sonny & Cher with Chaz (born Chastity) Bono.
  • 1973
    CBS Photo Archive via Getty Images
    Promotional portrait of Cher for "The Sonny and Cher Comedy Hour."
  • Circa 1973
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    Cher on stage in Canada.
  • Circa 1974
    Michael Ochs Archives via Getty Images
    Cher performs onstage.
  • Circa 1974
    Michael Ochs Archives via Getty Images
    Cher performing onstage.
  • 1974
    Michael Ochs Archives via Getty Images
    Cher performs as ringmaster at the opening day of the Ringling Brothers Circus in Inglewood, California. 
  • 1974
    Michael Ochs Archives via Getty Images
    Cher on "The Sonny & Cher Comedy Hour."
  • 1974
    Michael Ochs Archives via Getty Images
    Cher performs while sitting in a wicker chair in  Los Angeles, California. 
  • Circa 1974
    Ron Galella via Getty Images
    Cher.
  • 1974
    Michael Ochs Archives via Getty Images
    Cher attends the Grammy awards in Los Angeles, California. 
  • Circa 1975
    Michael Ochs Archives via Getty Images
    Cher and Elton John pose for a portrait backstage at an awards show.
  • 1975
    Michael Ochs Archives via Getty Images
    Cher performs onstage.
  • 1974
    Michael Ochs Archives via Getty Images
    Cher poses backstage during the 46th Academy Awardsin Los Angeles, California. 
  • Circa 1974
    Ron Galella via Getty Images
    Cher.
  • 1978
    Harry Langdon via Getty Images
    Cher poses for a fashion session in a Bob Mackie creation in Los Angeles, California. 
  • 1978
    Harry Langdon via Getty Images
    Cher poses for a fashion session in a Bob Mackie creation in Los Angeles, California. 
  • 1978
    Harry Langdon via Getty Images
    Cher poses for a fashion session in a Bob Mackie creation in Los Angeles, California. 
  • 1978
    Harry Langdon via Getty Images
    Cher poses for a fashion session in a Bob Mackie creation in Los Angeles, California. 
  • 1978
    Harry Langdon via Getty Images
    Cher poses for a fashion session in a Bob Mackie creation in Los Angeles, California. 
  • 1978
    Harry Langdon via Getty Images
    Cher poses for a fashion session in a Bob Mackie creation in Los Angeles, California. 
  • 1978
    Harry Langdon via Getty Images
    Cher poses for a fashion session in a Bob Mackie creation in Los Angeles, California. 
  • 1978
    Harry Langdon via Getty Images
    Cher poses for a fashion session in a Bob Mackie creation in Los Angeles, California. 
  • Circa 1979
    NBC via Getty Images
    "Cher and Other Fantasies" TV special.
  • Circa 1979
    NBC via Getty Images
    "Cher and Other Fantasies" TV Special.
  • 1979
    Images Press via Getty Images
    Cher attends Billboard Magazine'’s Disco Convention in New York City. 
  • 1981
    Harry Langdon via Getty Images
    Cher poses for a photo session in Los Angeles, California.
  • 1984
    Harry Langdon via Getty Images
    Cher poses for a fashion session in Los Angeles, California. 
  • 1986
    Jim Smeal via Getty Images
    Cher at the Academy Awards. 
  • 1987
    Martina Raddatz/Redferns via Getty Images
    Cher performs live onstage.
  • 1988
    Ron Galella via Getty Images
    Cher at the Century Paramount in Century City, California.
  • 1989
    Jeff Kravitz via Getty Images
    Richie Sambora and Cher during the MTV Video Music Awards in Los Angeles, California.
  • 1989
    Ron Galella via Getty Images
    Cher in concert at the Sands Hotel in Atlantic City, New Jersey.
  • 1992
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    Cher performs onstage at Wembley Arena in London, United Kingdom. 
  • 1998
    Jeff Kravitz via Getty Images
    Cher at the Academy Awards in Los Angeles.
  • 1999
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    Cher during the 26th Annual American Music Awards in Los Angeles, California.
  • 1999
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    Cher at the Brit Awards.
  • Circa 2000
    Peter Still via Getty Images
    Cher. 
  • Circa 2000
    Peter Still via Getty Images
    Cher.
  • 2000
    Barry King via Getty Images
    Cher during Do You Believe Tour in Seattle. 
  • 2002
    Tim Mosenfelder via Getty Images
    Cher performing at the Compaq Center in San Jose, California.
  • 2002
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    Cherat the Billboard Music Awards in Las Vegas.
  • 2005
    Tim Mosenfelder via Getty Images
    Cher performs part of her "Farewell... Never Can Say Goodbye Tour" in San Jose California. 
  • 2010
    Frederick M. Brown via Getty Images
    Cher poses at the MTV Video Music Awards in Los Angeles, California. 
  • 2010
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    Cher attends the "Burlesque" UK premiere in London, England. 
  • 2010
    Kevin Winter via Getty Images
    Cher arrives at the premiere of "Burlesque" in Los Angeles, California. 
  • 2012
    Jason Merritt via Getty Images
    Cher at the 23rd Annual GLAAD Media Awards.
  • 2013
    Rob Kim via Getty Images
    Cher at the Marquee Club in New York City. 
  • 2013
    Taylor Hill via Getty Images
    Cher departs "Late Show with David Letterman" in New York City. 
  • 2013
    Aby Baker via Getty Images
    Cher performs at the Gay Pride closing night dancein New York City. 
  • 2014
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    Cher performs at the Bridgestone Arena in Nashville, Tennessee.
  • 2015
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    Cher attends the "China: Through The Looking Glass" Costume Institute Benefit Gala at Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City. 
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