Happy Birthday, Madonna!

Do Madonna with braceletsyou remember the first time you heard Madonna? Or more likely saw Madonna? Lucky Star. Into the Groove. Like A Virgin. Rolling on the floor in a tricked-up wedding dress at the Grammys. Black bracelets stacked on her arms in Desperately Seeking SusanTheories abound about Madonna's success, but I know exactly why she shot straight into my heart. She bound together ambition, power, sexuality, freedom, fashion, and creativity like no one else before her. Blonde ambition. Hell, yeah!

The artist with the message of female power will always be my favorite form of feminism. Maybe she's a visual artist. Maybe she's a writer. Or maybe she's a singer. Lizzo. 
Beyoncé. Tina Turner. Cyndi Lauper. And, of course, Madonna. 

Whatever her genre, the singer with a feminist vibe gives me a you-got-this soundtrack and the needed joy to keep creating. Right now I'm designing the fall California 1966 collection and here's what I've got on repeat: Destiny's Child ("Independent Woman"), Lizzo ("Worship Me," "Juice," "Good as Hell"), and Taylor Swift's new-ish "You Need to Calm Down."

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