16 Musicians Throughout History Who Broke All the Beauty "Rules"

Full disclosure: While I was doing my research for this story, my co-worker Amanda periodically glanced over from her computer screen to ask if I was okay. In truth, narrowing down a list of fearless musicians who have redefined modern beauty standards isn't just an infuriatingly daunting task, but it's an impossible one; how could we possibly declare a handful of these icons as "the most important?" That's not even to mention that as someone who was raised on a steady diet of Bowie, Blondie, The Supremes, and Patti Smith (thanks, Mom!), looking through vintage photos of my idols kicked up more emotions than I was prepared to handle at 10 a.m. on a Tuesday.

But nevertheless, here we are with a lineup that is certainly not exhaustive but chock-full of beauty inspiration all the same. And if we missed any of your favorites, let us know by DMing us on Instagram—we'll round up your picks in a future feature.