Margaret Thatcher is one of Britain's greatest fashion and entertainment icons.
She is perhaps best considered in the light of the 1985 pop video "Dancing in the Street" which starred Mick Jagger and David Bowie, the other great British national figures she perhaps most resembles.
No one who has seen documentary footage of David Bowie's final performance as Ziggy Stardust at the Hammersmith Odeon in 1973 can doubt his influence on Mrs Thatcher. She appropriated Ziggy's make up and general air of warm androgyny.
Consider also the parallels with Mick Jagger. Both are first generation university-educated people of exceptional achievement. Their last names are both easily understood derivatives of verbs that became professional designations. (A jagger being a thief or highwayman). Both became widely loved and hated at the same time, and Mrs Thatcher took over from Jagger as one of the public figures most often appearing in people's dreams. Both of course are sex symbols. "The eyes of Caligula and the mouth of Marilyn Monroe," said Francois Mitterand of Mrs Thatcher, a description that applies equally to Mick Jagger.
Finally, and of course most importantly, all three conveyed a similar social and political message. "Calling out around the world are you ready for a brand new beat?"
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