Cher: I've pushed the envelope

Cher says no one paved the way for her to break into pop music.

Cher jokes she’ll be buried in her famous fishnet bodystocking.

The 67-year-old stage icon shocked the world when she revealed her tattooed backside in the music video for her 1989 hit If I Could Turn Back Time, wearing the undergarment with a thong leotard, heels and a leather jacket.

Nearly a quarter of a century later, the star is proud she can still squeeze into the number.

“People love that I can still wear it on stage. I wore it for my shows in Las Vegas [from 2008 to 2011],” the star boasted to UK newspaper The Sun.

“A friend said to me that a woman is sexy while she can still put on her stockings,” she continued, musing, "I thought, ‘I can do better than that, I can still put on my body stocking’.

“They’ll probably even dress me in it when I’m dead,” she laughed.

Bob Mackie designed the risqué costume, which the singer now admits was “a little bit cheap”.

Looking back, Cher acknowledges the controversial attire paved the way for today’s top pop stars, like Lady Gaga and Christina Aguilera. At the time, she wasn’t trying to blaze a trail, she was simply trying to express herself.

“I’ve always pushed the envelope. I pushed it farther than anybody else was pushing it at a time, where I thought, ’I’m in showbusiness, that’s what you do,’” she said, adding, "We all pave the way for the next generation. We all make it a little bit easier for the people coming after.

“But I must say no one really made it easier for me as how I chose to display myself. That was me just being me.”
Copyright: Cover Media 2013

Tuesday, 24. September 2013