We don’t play favorites with our Spotlight Spinsters. They are all fierce, amazing women owning every part of who they are. But we haven’t had a Spotlight Spinster yet who is rock royalty. Debbie Harry is definitely that.
At 72, she is still a force to be reckoned with, just as she was in 1979 when the new wave group she fronted, Blondie, released its debut album.
It wasn’t until 1978 though when Blondie really broke through with their classic “Heart of Glass.”
Debbie Harry could certainly get people on the dance floor, but she also brought her sex and rock and roll to fashion. She was a regular at Studio 54 with her two-tone bleached blonde hair and her punk sensibility.
Blondie was also at the vanguard of the video revolution. She also became part of the art and culture coming out of New York in the 70s and 80s that included graffiti artists, rappers, and club kids.
Looking to amplify that community, she also helped create sisterhood with other female singers and musicians of her time like Chrissie Hynde and Poly Styrene.
From the very beginning, Debbie Harry had to a make a way for herself, adopted as a baby and later in life rejected by her birth mother. Nothing keeps a good woman down though.
Harry is still as bad ass as she had always been, never letting herself get too comfortable: “You have to look around, keep new influences coming in. A lot of people sort of pick a world to live in, and they’re comfortable in that – which can be disastrous.”
Keep strutting it out, Debbie.