You pour money into lessons and classes. You can practice until you’re hoarse, sore and unable to walk another step. You can have connections and charm and money. But if you don’t have it, you’re probably out of luck.
It’s hard to say why some people shoot to superstardom while others languish in the wings. But icons such as Jimi Hendrix, Madonna and Elvis Presley got to where they were (and, in some cases, still are) by a mixture of all of the above, with a little je ne sais quois thrown in for good measure. You can try to learn from them and emulate them, but there’s a reason they are who they are — because they’re simply the best at what they do.
With the help of makeup artist Boriana Karan, photographer April Maciborka recreated six famous photographs of some of pop culture’s biggest icons — using children. The images brilliantly capture the attitude, soul and star power of some of the most famous names and faces of the 70 years — and doing it with children adds a layer of humanity and conscience to the final product.
Take a look:
icons. 1 of 7
Photos by April Maciborka
Makeup by Boriana Karan
David Bowie 2 of 7
A musician, producer, actor and arranger, Bowie has been in the spotlight for over four decades and is known, in part, for the constant and successful reinvention of his sound and image.
Marilyn Monroe 3 of 7
Born Norma Jeane Mortenson in 1926, Monroe was a hugely popular model and actress who was known affectionately for being a dumb blonde as well as a knockout. However, deep personal troubles helped lead to her untimely death in 1962.
Jimi Hendrix 4 of 7
While Hendrix is widely acclaimed as one of the most talented and influential electric guitarists in pop culture, his time in the spotlight only spanned four years before he died at age 27.
Madonna 5 of 7
Racy, raunchy, sexy, provocative, talented, ballsy, rich — Madonna has seen it all, done it all, and many will agree, in the pop world, she was, and remains, everything.
Tina Turner 6 of 7
In a career older than half a century, Tina Turner has maintained her status as simply the best through a deep, gravely voice, signature legs and a resilient and steely attitude.
Elvis Presley 7 of 7
There's only one king — and for good reason: those hips, that voice, that sly smile. No one quite compares to Elvis Presley, who unfortunately died after a battle with prescription drugs at the age of 42.
All images used with permission from April Maciborka
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