Michael Jackson would have turned 53-years-old today, and even though he’s been gone for two years we know his memory will live on forever – thanks in part to signature style and choreography elements that have been often imitated but never completely duplicated. We compiled a list of our favorite MJ iconic elements for your viewing pleasure.
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Moonwalking – To this day there are folks who don’t believe our astronauts landed on the moon, but everybody’s seen MJ moonwalking. The smooth operator glided his way across the stage backwards so effortlessly that anyone who has attempted the move since hasn’t been able to escape a comparison.
Crotch Grab – We’ve seen everyone from Rihanna to Bieber imitate this move, but no one does it quite like the originator. So BAD without being bawdy.
Bow-Tie Swag – Forget the classic white tux. Michael Jackson’s leather and sequined tuxedos were another sign of his style innovations. Add a splash of color with a red bow tie and the signature look is complete.
Tippy-Toe – This move is so iconic of MJ that you don’t even need to really see him to know who this silhouette refers to.
The Gloved One – There can only be one. He only wore one glove, a sparkly one at that so there was no missing it. After his death it was learned that the glove was originally worn to hide the early signs of his vitiligo
Zipper-Jackson – One of the most pervasive style elements in Michael’s closet, the red zippered jacket has been “borrowed” by many a pop star since, but none have managed to own it quite like Mike.
White Socks Steez – Again, this is one of those things where you don’t need to see his face to know just who those black shoes and white socks refer to. Michael Jackson and black shoes and white (sparkly) socks go together like fat kids and cake.
Blockbuster Style Music Videos – Before Hype Williams or Dave Meyers made their marks, Michael Jackson was making music videos with million dollar price tags. It turned out to be money well spent, since videos like “Remember the Time” and “Thriller” have retained their hold on the public memory and gone on to inspire numerous imitations.
The Fedora – Almost as pervasive as the glove, one of MJ’s favorite costume elements was a black or white fedora, which he’d often incorporate into his choreography. The signature hat is another iconic wardrobe accessory that imitators have used when getting their swagger – Jackson on.
Bling Bling — Long before Puffy or Mase got wrapped up in shiny fabric, MJ was donning suits in sequined or metallic fabrics.