I wasn't made to fit in... (Tribute to Cher)
Vanity Fair's 2010 interview and their introduction of Cher made a powerful statement and said it better than anyone has ever done since... https://www.vanityfair.com/news/2010/12/cher-201012
"Forever Cher - With a No. 1 record in each of the last five decades, Cher is the longest-reigning diva in show business, her talent also attested to by a best-actress Oscar, three Golden Globes, an Emmy, and a Grammy... (the article continues)
This fall at the 2010 MTV Video Music Awards, she stole the show in a sheer bodysuit similar to the one that got her banned from prime time 20 years ago on that same network. She was greeted with a standing ovation by the audience members, most of whom were still in diapers when her “If I Could Turn Back Time” video stretched the boundaries of what could be shown on-air."
To me personally, Cher has been a woman of substance. I grew up watching her become the icon she is today. Unafraid to stand up for what she believes in. As a native american myself and a half-breed she was incredibly inspiring when it came to growing up to the woman I am today. To be unafraid and unashamed of my heritage. To stand up against those that seek to belittle and strip away every ounce of a persons integrity. We were all made to be different and it's truly a blessing to be unique.
...Thank you Cher for standing up. I applaud your strength and tenacity and this painting is in honor of you and all you have stood up for. I wasn't made to fit in, and I am proud to say that because of you.