If you’ve ever wondered what it’d be like to don pasties past your naturally perky years, Cher, who celebrated her 71st birthday this weekend, has the answer. The singer and actress accepted the Icon Award at the Billboard Music Awards last night, right after she performed for the first time at an award show in 15 years wearing little more than a Swarovski-studded heart across her left nipple.
In true Cher fashion, she made a quick costume change midway through her performance and reappeared rocking a black sheer bodysuit layered with a leather jacket, topping off the ensemble with a super-sized curly wig—a combo which bared a striking resemblance to an iconic look she first debuted in 1989 to open her Dressed To Kill tour. In addition to pulling off the same style she sported nearly three decades ago, Cher noted during her acceptance speech: “And I can do a five-minute plank, okay? Just saying.”
But planking isn’t her only achievement. After 53 years in the biz, she’s sold more than 100 million albums worldwide and received an Oscar, an Emmy, a Grammy, and a Golden Globe. And if that wasn’t enough, Cher has a No. 1 Billboard hit for every decade from the 1960s to the 2010s. With her 26th album on the way (which the superstar announced last year on Twitter), the music legend is bound to rack up even more accolades well into her golden years.
Needless to say, her style is as boundary breaking and prolific as her music. Cher made sparkle-studded unitards and naked dresses a thing decades prior to Britney Spears and Rihanna. Not to mention glossy, pin-straight strands were her beauty signature long before any Kardashian went to ass-grazing lengths.
Cher also noted last night that she dreamed of being a star since she was 4-years-old, and thanked her mother for telling her that “she wouldn’t be the smartest, the prettiest, or the most talented,” but she would undoubtedly be “special,” a word her late husband Sonny Bono used to describe her as well. Whether she’s on the political trail (she was active on Hilary Clinton’s campaign), launching a casino residency (like she did last February at the MGM National Harbor), or planking, Cher proves that age isn’t a number, it’s a mindset. Next time you feel your abs and biceps start to quiver when you’re holding the push-up position, take your cues from Cher’s “Believe” and “feel something inside you say, I really do think you’re strong enough.”