Style Icon Challenge: Annie Lennox Part 1: Who's That Girl?

When I came home in May with my new grey crop, my daughter exclaimed: You look like Annie Lennox

She wasn't the first in my life to make that comparison. 

And there's justice in it. I'm younger than Annie and (alas!) less tall and lanky -- but I think I could pass as her little sister. 

My ancestors all come from Scotland and the north of England. Who knows? Maybe we're even distant relatives. 

Either way, I've grown up with Annie. The Eurythmics were big when I was a teen and early 20-something and I loved Annie's edgy androgynous style from the start. I haunted Toronto's thrift stores for oversized black jackets, bought myself some crisp white shirts, tried on a tie, cropped and sometimes dyed my hair. Sadly, I can't find any photos from that period. But I did find one of my young self and one of Annie's teen self to compare. Who's that girl?  

(Hint -- I'm photo 2; Annie's photo 3). 

Annie and I have both matured since then. Annie still embraces androgynous style, but these days she's more elegant than tough. Here, a few initial recreations and interpretations. I had a little trouble getting the head in hand pose to work with no available surface. :) 

Stay tuned for the next instalment where I try on Annie's street style for size. 

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  • Nadya replied 1 year ago

    What a brilliant style icon for you, Suz! You look like you could be her little sister - AND you're both artists.

  • MaryA replied 1 year ago

    This is amazing. I can't wait for installment #2.

  • Sara L. replied 1 year ago

    I love Annie Lenox!  You've put togehter some great looks and fun poses.  I especially like #14 with the gilet over the denim jacket.  Interesting piecies together.

  • Mirjana replied 1 year ago

    Yes, Suz it is brilliant style icon for you, like you are sisters, you look amazing , sometimes I shoud look good to recognize who is who. BRAVO.

    P.S I like Annie Lennox  .

  • smittie replied 1 year ago

    What a great montage!
    You do resemble each other very much. Do you sing? You could do impersonations!
    So fun to see the young you next to the similarly-coiffed Annie.
    I love your suit outfit with the silver shoes.

  • kikidee replied 1 year ago

    Wow! That is incredible! Such a great style interpretation, and I love how your expressions match hers as well.

  • AJ replied 1 year ago

    Wow, you do look like you are related to Annie!  It was fun to look at the comparison shots, but you must wear the last outfit out.  The layering is FAB! 

  • JAileen replied 1 year ago

    Wow! Your daughter's right! You look like family, especially 2/3 and 6/7. Perfect style icon, too.

  • RobinF replied 1 year ago

    Wow, definite resemblance! I think she is a great style icon for you!

  • anne replied 1 year ago

    Wonderful. Uncanny. Great style challenge Suz!

  • Staysfit replied 1 year ago

    OMG!  Yes!  Annie Lennox for absolute certain!  Dead ringer!  These pics are great Suz!  

  • Banoffi replied 1 year ago

    Great style icon.  You look like sisters!

  • bonnie replied 1 year ago

    Amazing likeness. I love her style, too.  Looking forward to the street style photos.

  • Traci replied 1 year ago

    Oh yes yes yes!!! I can't wait for installment #2.

  • Diane G replied 1 year ago

    These are all totally awesome photos Suz! Wow! I look forward to part two :)

  • deb replied 1 year ago

    You two are sisters. I love the way you showed this comparison. Part two will be fun.

  • Marilyn replied 1 year ago

    Fantastic, Suz!  You do share a striking resemblance.  And, there's the gillet!!

  • bella replied 1 year ago

    I think I like your style even better than hers! :) 

  • El Cee replied 1 year ago

    Amazing likeness! You could be sisters.

  • Ledonna N. replied 1 year ago

    Yes I'm a fan of Annie and yours Suz what an amazing resemblance. I love seeing the younger Suz

  • Xtabay replied 1 year ago

    Very cool and stylish!  I love your Annie (or is she doing you, Suz?)  It's all truly fabulous.

  • Dana replied 1 year ago

    Uncanny resemblance! You look fab with your new haircut and color and I'm noticing something in your look that's telling me you're very very happy with it! 

  • Angie replied 1 year ago

    Killer to the Power of Killer

    You whacked it out of the ball park, Suz. Annie is inspired by you. 


  • Suz replied 1 year ago

    Thanks for the kind words, all. I had so much fun with this one yesterday. :) I feel like I should go prowling Notting Hill and head for Brora....

    Here, a few words from the Icon herself: 

    "Fashion is temporary; fashion is a race. What it's doing is giving you something that you say, "This is the outer wrapping of me." Style is something else. It's not quantifiable. Fashion is about selling. Fashion is about what's in. Style is independent of that; style is individual." 

  • Chris987 replied 1 year ago

    Wow, you really do look like her sister, and you did a great job channeling her style. Very cool!

    I've had "sweet dreams are made of this, who am I to disagree" (plus the rest of that song) running through my head since I started reading this............:-)

  • Diana replied 1 year ago

    Wow, the resemblance is uncanny!

  • rachylou replied 1 year ago

    What Diana said :D But that said, I think you need to smile like you've just eaten a tiger, hehe ;)

  • Style Fan replied 1 year ago

    You could definitely be her sister.  I love Annie.  You have great style and so does she.  Love your looks.  Waiting for next installment.

  • Suzanne (ambergreen) replied 1 year ago

    Remarkable resemblance! Lucky you. :) And you both look *Fabulous*.

    ETA: Well, and lucky her!

  • Inge replied 1 year ago

    I am speechless, Suz!!! You two really could be related, and these outfits and photos are amazing, WOW!

  • Eliza replied 1 year ago

    Crash helmet, please. Wow- I had to double check the photos. Lovely you! (the gilet over denim jacket, love...)

  • Beth Ann replied 1 year ago

    Wouldn't it be lovely for the two of you to meet?  Have a bit of tea and cake?  You both love poetry!

    Your use of layering here kicks things up a notch.  Layering is a perfect way to add individuality and personality.

    Love the gillet (and just got my own version, so I'll shamelessly copy).

  • Suz replied 1 year ago

    Beth Ann, I can't wait to see your gilet! Diva to Diva here....

  • Sal replied 1 year ago

    Wonderful rendition, you look similar both facially, and give off an aura of wisdom and serenity.

  • Alexandra replied 1 year ago

    Wow, Suz, the resemblance is amazing! I enjoyed perusing the pictures for similarities and differences. What fun! I can hardly wait for the next installment.

  • La Pedestrienne replied 1 year ago

    delightful photo montage -- and what a great style icon. you're both super-classy, and strikingly similar even as youngsters. wow!

  • Brooklyn replied 1 year ago

    Love your work :)

  • Janet replied 1 year ago

    Wow, what a great inspiration for you -- totally fab. You certainly do have a lot of similarity.

    By the way, I went to a concert the other night and your post-punk doppelgänger was in front of me. Same hairstyle, similar build, and a great tomboy gamine style. I tried to take a picture but the light was behind her. :-)

  • Sally replied 1 year ago

    You look fabulous Suz. I can't wait to see your rendition of her street style. There is a chic sleekness in both your styles.

  • SarahTheWhite replied 1 year ago

    Oh my goodness - this is just too great for words!! You look fantastic and completely capture her essence. I le what Sally said about wisdom and serenity. She hit the nail on the head! And your hair is my favorite that I have ever seen on you!

  • La Belle Demimondaine replied 1 year ago

    LOVE!!!!   fabulous!!!   I can't wait to see the street style!

  • Joyce B replied 1 year ago

    There is a lot of resemblance in some of your pictures. If she finds your pictures I think she can use you as a style icon :)

  • shevia replied 1 year ago

    The resemblance is uncanny. You could be her younger sister. Props to Maia for seeing that. #8 is amazing. Also #14. Definitely explore the high contrast dramatic look - you are fabulous!

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