Cyndi Lauper Quotes

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Cyndi Lauper quotes. Lauper (1953 - ) is a singer-songwriter and occasional actress. She is best remembered for her hit songs of the mid-1980s, especially "Time after Time" and "Girls Just Wanna Have Fun."

Lauper is also an advocate for gay rights and HIV/AIDS prevention. Together with Lady Gaga she has released a line of "MAC Viva Glam" lipstick which donates all of the purchase price to AIDS prevention and treatment. She founded the True Colors Fund, a nonprofit which aims to advance gay and lesbian rights.

Lauper's unique sense of style, electric stage shows and fierce individuality, made her an instant style icon in the 1980s. She continues to tour and perform on a regular basis.


But on a more frivolous note, makeup is important to me. I have a suitcase full of the stuff. I am just sorry I have one face to put it all on. If you saw me without makeup you wouldn’t recognize me. Thank god.

Just like I am obsessed with the history of fashion, I love reading about the history of makeup.

The women back [in the 80s] had beautiful cheekbones, thick eyebrows, big smiles––you know, everything I didn’t. I was upset that I didn’t look like them, but I find people that have a fat face like me figure how to work with it. You can do a lot with a plain, blank face.

The women in my neighborhood in Ozone Park, Queens, who used to emulate all the movie stars of that time. They didn’t call it a salon in those days––they called it the beauty parlor––and they used to come out after a full day with hair and makeup so bright that no drag queen could compete.


On my darkest days, I wear my brightest colors.

Somebody did complain to me and tell me that my clothes were so loud they couldn't hear me sing.

People used to throw rocks at me for my they wanna know where I buy them.

I stopped coloring it for a while and just use tint now, but I have to say I am tired of being bland. I have a wig for when I go outside among the regular folks, so they don’t feel uncomfortable because I have a Day-Glo color somewhere in my hair. I can look normal but for everyday, for when I look in my mirror, I gotta feel better. The conservative look is killing me.

I loved the whole [retro glamour look], but I always liked the idea of making it my own, so I wore high heels and pedal pushers, which nobody was really wearing at the time. Then I would wear a vintage ’40s top that didn’t quite go with my hair or anything for that matter. I would try anything. One time I was bleaching my mustache and I couldn’t leave it at that so all of a sudden I had two-tone hair. I never knew when to stop.

[on being asked if there's anyone who "just doesn't get it"] Well, besides the obvious idiots that are running our country, I would say one of the women who’s been sewing my costumes lately. I'm in shape, but I'm not Kate Moss. It's like, please girl! Try singing without breathing.

I think everyone should have a flashing tiara. Did I tell you that when I had my son, Declyn, everyone in the delivery room wore a tiara?

The saddest thing for me was the passing of Alexander McQueen, because his last collection was really genius. It was art. And I love wearing art. When art and fashion mix, it’s awesome.

I would like to see corporations not buy out wonderful designers and then push the wonderful designers out, because the clothes are never the same and not as good. And the fake holes in jeans have to go. We can do our own.

When I was pregnant, I thought I was supposed to be beautiful, but all the clothes they make for pregnant women make you look like a tent. Freaking ugly. They make you look like a big, fat pig. So I talked it over with my stylist and I said, "Look, this stinks." So we went to Trashy Lingerie on Sunset Boulevard and did a whole stretchy, sexy kind of trashy thing. I loved it.

In the beginning, it was just war paint and more Native American looks and basically anything to flip society the bird. You don’t like it, well, wait, let me put on something else that’s really going to tweak you. Then in 1985-86 I was looking at a lot of old Hollywood glamour books and so I started to incorporate old Hollywood glamour with what I was doing.

Gay Rights

Cyndi Lauper at Gay Games VII. Photo by Jim Provenzano.

Cyndi Lauper at Gay Games VII. Photo by Jim Provenzano.

When I was 15, all my friends came out. I was really trying to be like them, and I finally had to tell my best friends that I was straight. It's ridiculous thinking back on it as an adult, because it's opposite from what happened to all my gay friends.

I hate that expression. ["The Gays"] Like they are not quite real people.

I've never been big on the icon thing. I was on a tour bus once with 12 drag queens and one transgender woman-who was a guy and then became a woman. She told me that, in the end, she thought she was just more into an alternative lifestyle.

The guy who saved the White House, one of the heroes who crashed that plane on 9/11, was gay––the rugby player Mark Bingham, who died on United 93. And does Bush ever mention that? Does he fuck! That gay guy saved his lousy ass. And this guy who says he prays to God, this guy who promotes hate and fear, this guy we call our President...This guy is the true anti-American.


You know, I do speak the Queens English. It's just the wrong Queens that's all. It's over the 59th Street Bridge. It's not over the Atlantic Ocean.

Humour is a great vehicle for getting a message across. If you get too serious, you could die of starch.


You can't stamp out individuality––there's too many of us.

Your own shoes are hard enough to fill, but somebody else's are even tougher.

You're never the only person going through what it is that you're going through.

It's very hard to want to be successful, and want to do something great too. Because sometimes––and not all the time––being successful and doing something really powerful don't meet.

I've always wondered what it would be like if somebody from outer space landed with three heads. Then all of a sudden everybody else wouldn't look so bad, huh? Well, OK you're a little different from me but, hey, ya got one head.

Some boys take a beautiful girl
And hide her away from the rest of the world
I wanna be the one to walk in the sun
Oh girls they wanna have fun

I absolutely refuse to reveal my age. What am I––a car?

You with the sad eyes
Don't be discouraged
Oh I realize
It's hard to take courage
In a world full of people
You can lose sight of it all
And the darkness inside you
Can make you feel so small

But I see your true colors
Shining through
I see your true colors
And that's why I love you
So don't be afraid to let them show
Your true colors
True colors are beautiful,
Like a rainbow

I don’t like to walk with the pack anyway, so of course they are going to make fun of me. I don’t care. Anybody really creative is going to end up on those [worst dressed] lists.

Declyn [Lauper's son] is a funny kid. He's just free. He has his own thing going on, whoever he is, and the only thing I can do as a parent is help him survive in the world as who he is. I just want him to be happy and healthy and wise. You can't make your child into yourself. So we'll see who he turns out to be.

I do have a lot of difficulty figuring out what I want to be working on, but what’s the alternative? To be one of those people who has a million things they want to do, and then never does any of them? And then where will you be?

Because every time you get on a dancefloor, you’re dancing with somebody, but you’re also dancing with the singer. And who’s the singer? So as I’m writing I’m thinking, who is this girl? Well, she’s in her apartment, she’s getting ready to go out, she’s working class, and she’s English. So suddenly it’s my English period.
––on writing her most recent album


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I don't read my reviews on the road. If they're good reviews, you get lazy and a swelled head. If they're bad, it's going to mess you up anyway, so it's better not to read them and just try your best.

When I first started, there was this guy who was really powerful in this business. He told me, we're making disposable art. And I thought to myself, whoa. Maybe that's what you're making, but that's not what I'm making. So I have tried to just continue my work, and not make it disposable. But it was a good thing he told me that, because then it made me concentrate even more on what I was doing, and why I was doing it.

I'm a musician, and musicians are lifers. I didn't come this far to be told how and when to do anything. I'm going to do what I want to do. It's tough. The gatekeepers are tough. But you know what? Gatekeepers come and go, but musicians always play. Nobody can take that away from you.

The problem [with the music industry] is the negativity. And it’s being perpetuated by people who are in business who don’t live it, who are feeding off of the anger that you feel when you’re coming through puberty.


Understand that revolution isn't really by force, revolution is by thought!

It is not a dirty word, "feminism." I just think that women belong in the human population with the same rights as everybody else... The problem is, "A feminist looks like this, or is like that." We are taught not to like ourselves as women, we are taught what we're supposed to look like, what our measurements are supposed to be. I never hear what measurements men are supposed to be. Just women.

Money changes everything.

That was so pretentious.
––on "We Are the World"


God has more important things to worry about than who I sleep with.

I hope God is a drag queen, so we have a lot to discuss about fashion, makeup and cleavage.

Being a recovering Catholic, I was truly influenced by the fashion. Some of the nuns had those black and white outfits, which to me were very French and very high fashion, and the guys in the long gold gowns with the tall gold hats, those guys were snazzy dressers.

When you take a group of people and you repress them and they cut themselves off from their feelings as a human - and a human being has sexual feelings, has bodily feelings - what you are handing over to children is a monster. Because if you are not connected to who you are in your heart, and you don't understand and have compassion for yourself, how in the wide world of sports are you gonna have compassion with forty screaming children?

I'm a recovering Catholic...There's, y'know, the Sisters of Charity, the Sisters of Mercy, and it just so happens that I was with the Sisters of No Charity and No Mercy at All.

You always have to remember––no matter what you're told––that God loves all the flowers, even the wild ones that grow on the side of the highway.


Cyndi Lauper and Lady Gaga for MAC's Viva Glam campaign.

There's no sex like safe sex.

Well, how do you say this in a positive way? I think what’s happening is a little sad. [Britney Spears] is a seventeen year old girl whose mom helped her get a boob job, because she felt that’s how she’d become more popular. And what’s sad is, that did help her. Yeah, I used to have fantasies. Yeah, I used to chase after the Monkees. But Christina Aguilera, who is all of nineteen, an old lady now compared to the standard. You don’t have to be some little tart. And you know what? It’s great coming to the power of your sexuality. No one wants to take that away. But why the adults have to stick their hands in and muck about, I find very sad.

the M.A.C. AIDS fund is very important to me. It’s giving millions to global organizations that have unique programs to help women with H.I.V./AIDS. Women are a lot more vulnerable––socially, financially and biologically––when it comes to unprotected sex. As a woman, you always have to be negotiating with somebody else to wear a condom. So of course I jumped at the chance to be involved.

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