From his iconic hair to his iconic makeup, Prince’s been a cultural icon of American beauty for more than 30 years.
But how has his style evolved over the years?
With the help of a panel of experts, we asked three of his most influential fans to tell us how his style has evolved over time.
How did you get Prince’s hair straight?
I was introduced to Prince when he was 16.
He was doing a show in England and I was in the audience.
I was like, “Wow, I can’t believe I’m watching a young guy who has grown up to be the Prince of Wales.”
I thought he was just gorgeous.
He’d had a very short haircut and his hair was all straight.
What were some of your first thoughts on Prince?
I had this very short hair, and I thought, “Man, he’s going to have this thing on!”
My first reaction was, “What are you doing here?”
But then my mind went to his hair.
Why is his hair straight now?
Prince’s straightened his hair because he knew that straight hair made him look young and cool.
He thought that was the best thing for him.
When he first went to the United States, he was really shy.
When he first came here, he didn’t even talk to anybody because he was so shy.
He used to call people names and make fun of them.
He didn’t really have much to talk about.
But as he became more open to everyone, he realized he was the prince and everybody else was just a little bit crazy.
He said, “I want to be a big boy.”
That’s how he began to straighten his hair for the first time.
What are some of the most important things that you learned about Prince from fans and the press?
I learned that he was very kind to people who were struggling with mental illness.
I learned that his mom always gave him lots of love and support.
I also learned that Prince loved his dog and would make sure he got a puppy.
Prince also made a point of not letting anyone take his clothes off and he’d get dressed in the morning and put on a nice suit, because he felt that people should wear what they wanted to wear.
It was a good thing that I did as well, because I felt like I was helping him get better.
Was Prince the first straight man to have a career as a singer?
He’s probably the first man that I ever knew who was a songwriter.
I saw him singing in the movie and it was so weird.
He looked so happy singing and he was completely out of it.
He started his career as an entertainer.
He’s a song-and-dance artist and he’s doing so well.
I’m sure he’s happy with what he’s done, but he is also doing something that I haven’t seen before in music.
I think his greatest talent was as a performer.
He had great range and he had so many voices.
He could be a real ballad singer and he could sing all kinds of things.
It’s like the way a lot of people have been in the business, they want to sing in the best voice possible.
Are there any other celebrities who have been the inspiration for Prince?
He was definitely one of my biggest influences.
He made me realize that I could be the most beautiful person on earth.
It was a great feeling to be in his shoes.
So did you grow up in the same house as Prince?
Prince grew up in a small house with a couple of other kids in the house.
At the time, there were three girls and two boys in the family.
We were all very quiet and I didn’t know how to talk to them.
I didn, too, until I was 11 or 12.
I knew what was going on in their lives, and what they were feeling, and how to relate to them, but I never really got to know them.
Were there any big moments in your life where you were inspired?
It’s hard to say, because Prince was always such a happy boy.
I used to look up to him.
I always loved him.
We used to go out together to the beach.
He loved the sand.
We went swimming together.
And it’s just the way he always treated me.
Do you think he was influenced by Marilyn Monroe?
Prince was always like, Marilyn, Marilyn.
He would just be like, you’re beautiful, you are, and you are.
I never thought about that.
He just was.
How have you found Prince?
We were always friends.
When we were kids, we would hang out with him and he would take us to movies.
We would sit down and watch movies.
And he loved Marilyn Monroe.
It just felt so natural to have