'I took down all the mirrors': Blondie's Debbie Harry, 71, admits she was once so crippled by her appearance that she refused to look at herself... but now says she'd still perform naked
With her peroxide blonde hair, alabaster skin, razor sharp cheekbones and rosebud mouth, Debbie Harry's striking face became the symbol of 1970s punk music.
But the Blondie singer has revealed that she was once so worried about her appearance that she removed all the mirrors from her home.
The legendary singer, 71, told The Sunday Times Magazine: 'There was a time when I had to take down all the mirrors.
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Crippled by her beauty: Blondie's Debbie Harry revealed that she once removed all the mirrors from her home and refused to look at her reflection because 'the world made such a big deal' of her looks
'I felt like I was looking at myself too much. The world made such a big deal of how I looked.'
The Heart Of Glass songstress has come to terms with her looks now and even told the publication that she would perform nude on stage.
'Would I be naked all the time now?' she wondered. 'Probably. It might horrify everyone, but...'
Face of a movement: Harry's angelic face and mop of bottle blonde hair became the symbol of the New York punk and new wave movement
Iconic: The Heart Of Glass singer said that her look - a rock'n'roll Marilyn Monroe - was a key part of Blondie's success
Harry has been open in the past about how important her stunning looks were to the band's commercial success which saw Blondie rack up 40 million album sales.
She admitted in a previous interview that she had a face lift years ago and said that she underwent the operation 'for business reasons'.
'Everybody knows that I've had plastic surgery,' the defiant star said. 'I did it for business reasons.
'You photograph better, and looks are a key part of being an entertainer, so I felt it was something I had to do.'
Ageing gracefully: The star has turned to plastic surgery and said that she had a face lift 'for business reasons'
Legendary: Harry joined the likes of Marilyn Monroe, Jackie Kennedy and Elizabeth Taylor when artist Andy Warhol decided to paint her portrait
Harry's angelic face and mop of bottle blonde hair became the iconic face of the punk and new wave New York music scene.
She was even painted by Andy Warhol in 1980. The artist created an acrylic and silkscreen ink on canvas portrait of the star, depicting her with pink hair and cherry red lips.
She joined Warhol's high profile subjects who included Jackie Kennedy and Elizabeth Taylor.
Her look - a kind of rock'n'roll Marilyn Monroe - has proved enduring and continues to inspire top designers.
Legacy: Harry's look has proved enduring and she is still referenced by top designers. The star said she cobbled together her style from films and comic books
The One Way Or Another star once said that her style was cobbled together from films and comic books with references to the English punk movement.
Harry set up Blondie with her future boyfriend and guitarist Chris Stein in 1976.
They hit the big time with their third album, Parallel Lines in 1978, which was a worldwide smash and included the single Heart Of Glass about a feckless lover.
The band split in 1982 but Harry remained with her partner Stein, nursing him back to health when he contracted rare autoimmune disease pemphigus.
The couple split in 1989 because Stein wanted to settle down and have children while Harry preferred the life of a rock star.
They remained friends and Blondie reformed in 1997 and will release a new album Pollinator next month.
Retire? No way! The 71-year-old is still making music with her band which was formed in 1976
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