(*1942) After a career of more than fifty years and setting new standards in every field she is active in, it is difficult to remember how completely revolutionary Barbra Streisand was making a name for herself in the 1960s. Trying to get her first jobs, she was often dismissed and even insulted for being too odd-looking, for her choices of repertoire and for being too outspoken. Instead of giving in to the norms of the day, she used her many talents to take full creative control, not seeing her offbeat identity as a weakness but using it as a strength. Streisand redefined beauty, femininity and female power. Thereby she opened door for many more fellow artists – especially women – who didn’t fit the mould.
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