Today, the legendary singer and actress Patti LaBelle celebrates her 78th birthday. With a career spanning over 60 years, LaBelle has become a symbol of longevity across multiple genres of entertainment.
Throughout her life, Patti has continued to reinvent herself both in music and in fashion, successfully adapting to the many changes that took place in those industries. What makes this legendary singer and actress particularly special is that she was able to stay ahead of the curve in each era; setting the trend instead of trying to blend in like so many others.
From her introduction into the public eye with the group the Bluebelles (later changed to LaBelle), to rising to the ranks of superstardom as a soloist, Patti has become a staple in Black culture, and established herself as the “Godmother of Soul.”
As we honor this award-winning musician on her birthday, let’s revisit her most iconic looks over the years.
Patti LaBelle and The Bluebelles
LaBelle before a performance.
Soul Train performance, 1976.
Performing In Los Angeles, 1974.
Appearance on Cher’s Variety show, 1975.
Patti, wearing her crown.
Backstage in Chicago, 1987.
On stage at the Westbury Music Fair.
The 12th Annual Rainforest Foundation Concert – Show
7th Annual VH1 “Divas” Concert
18th Annual Fashion Cares Gala.
At the Versace menswear premiere, 2008.
The Pajama Program 2006 Awards Benefit Luncheon
In Concert with Babyface, 2018
Tyler Perry Studios Grand Opening Gala, 2019