Prince and the Revolution of Gender-Fluid Beauty and Sex
By Christopher Harrity
Prince, not unlike David Bowie, astonished. But Prince had an imperative sexuality to his music and visual presentation that the brilliant Bowie didn’t explore. Prince gave men permission to have huge beautiful hair, to wear satin, silk, glitter, and makeup. And to be short. His small stature never undercut his sexual bravado and swagger. He was daring because he was completely unafraid about playing with feminine roles and glamour at the far end of the scale, yet his taste was flawless. Enjoy this collection of his album covers and a few pieces of art by notably gay artists Andy Warhol and Robert Mapplethorpe that remind us how far into the future Prince was.