If you were to tell me that you haven’t heard of Cher prior to reading this post, I definitely would not believe you. Unless you had a damn good excuse for being ignorant to a literal superstar, for example, falling off the grid and only recently re-entering society, there really is no explanation for being unfamiliar with this goddess, and I thought I would write a profile post about her seeing as she just celebrated her 75th birthday.
Cher’s real name is Cherilyn Sarkisian, according to her Wikipedia Page. This icon “… is an American singer, actress and television personality. Commonly referred to by the media as the ‘Goddess of Pop‘, she has been described as embodying female autonomy in a male-dominated industry. Cher is known for her distinctive contralto singing voice and for having worked in numerous areas of entertainment, as well as adopting a variety of styles and appearances throughout her six-decade-long career.”
Cher comes from relatively humble beginnings. “Her father, John Sarkisian, was an Armenian-American truck driver with drug and gambling problems; her mother, Georgia Holt (born Jackie Jean Crouch), was an occasional model and bit-part actress who claims Irish, English, German, and Cherokee ancestry. Cher’s father was rarely home when she was an infant, and her parents divorced when Cher was ten months old. Her mother later married actor John Southall, with whom she had another daughter, Georganne, Cher’s half-sister.”
It mentions in her Wikipedia writeup that Cher recognized from a young age that she had an unusually deep voice for a woman, and it obviously didn’t act as a hindrance for her in her exciting and atypical music career.
I’ve always been very interested by Cher, and while I’m not the biggest fan of her music, I have a tremendous amount of respect for her and what she stands for. She is a fine example of female empowerment.