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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."
05/20/2016 09:29am ET

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
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Cher in a still from the movie "Good Times."
1971
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Cher poses for a portrait wearing an ornate costume.
1972
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Promotional portrait of Cher for the "The Sonny and Cher Comedy Hour."
Circa 1972
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Cher poses for a portrait in circa 1972.
1972
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Promotional portrait of Cher for "The Sonny and Cher Comedy Hour."
1972
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Promotional portrait of Cher for "The Sonny and Cher Comedy Hour."
1972
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Promotional portrait of Cher for "The Sonny and Cher Comedy Hour."
1972
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Promotional portrait of Cher for "The Sonny and Cher Comedy Hour."
1972
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Promotional portrait of Cher for "The Sonny and Cher Comedy Hour."
1972
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Promotional portrait of Cher for "The Sonny and Cher Comedy Hour."
1972
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Cher performs onstage.
1973
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Cher and Sonny Bono at the Academy Awards in Los Angeles, California.
1973
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Sonny Bono and Cher perform on "The Sonny & Cher Comedy Hour."
1973
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Sonny & Cher with Chaz (born Chastity) Bono.
1973
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Promotional portrait of Cher for "The Sonny and Cher Comedy Hour."
Circa 1973
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Cher on stage in Canada.
Circa 1974
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Cher performs onstage.
Circa 1974
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Cher performing onstage.
1974
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Cher performs as ringmaster at the opening day of the Ringling Brothers Circus in Inglewood, California.
1974
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Cher on "The Sonny & Cher Comedy Hour."
1974
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Cher performs while sitting in a wicker chair in Los Angeles, California.
Circa 1974
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Cher.
1974
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Cher attends the Grammy awards in Los Angeles, California.
Circa 1975
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Cher and Elton John pose for a portrait backstage at an awards show.
1975
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Cher performs onstage.
1974
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Cher poses backstage during the 46th Academy Awardsin Los Angeles, California.
Circa 1974
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Cher.
1978
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Cher poses for a fashion session in a Bob Mackie creation in Los Angeles, California.
1978
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Cher poses for a fashion session in a Bob Mackie creation in Los Angeles, California.
1978
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Cher poses for a fashion session in a Bob Mackie creation in Los Angeles, California.
1978
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Cher poses for a fashion session in a Bob Mackie creation in Los Angeles, California.
1978
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Cher poses for a fashion session in a Bob Mackie creation in Los Angeles, California.
1978
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Cher poses for a fashion session in a Bob Mackie creation in Los Angeles, California.
1978
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Cher poses for a fashion session in a Bob Mackie creation in Los Angeles, California.
1978
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Cher poses for a fashion session in a Bob Mackie creation in Los Angeles, California.
Circa 1979
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"Cher and Other Fantasies" TV special.
Circa 1979
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"Cher and Other Fantasies" TV Special.
1979
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Cher attends Billboard Magazine'’s Disco Convention in New York City.
1981
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Cher poses for a photo session in Los Angeles, California.
1984
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Cher poses for a fashion session in Los Angeles, California.
1986
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Cher at the Academy Awards.
1987
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Cher performs live onstage.
1988
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Cher at the Century Paramount in Century City, California.
1989
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Richie Sambora and Cher during the MTV Video Music Awards in Los Angeles, California.
1989
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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
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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
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Cher.
Circa 2000
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Cher.
2000
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Cher during Do You Believe Tour in Seattle.
2002
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Cher performing at the Compaq Center in San Jose, California.
2002
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Cherat the Billboard Music Awards in Las Vegas.
2005
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Cher performs part of her "Farewell... Never Can Say Goodbye Tour" in San Jose California.
2010
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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
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Cher arrives at the premiere of "Burlesque" in Los Angeles, California.
2012
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Cher at the 23rd Annual GLAAD Media Awards.
2013
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Cher at the Marquee Club in New York City.
2013
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Cher departs "Late Show with David Letterman" in New York City.
2013
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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.