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And while I fully rec­og­nize that af­ter five decades of per­form­ing, call­ing peo­ple “babe” is just a re­flex for her—you know, like blink­ing or sneez­ing—it felt no less like a fem­i­nist anoint­ing to me. When we be­gan plan­ning our an­nual “Women of In­flu­ence” is­sue months ago, I could think of no bet­ter per­son to be on the cover than Cher. Do you know any­one else who could more con­vinc­ingly de­scend from a stage ceil­ing in tribal priest­ess costume (it’s the one on our cover) sing­ing a fem­i­nist an­them like “Woman’s World?” Nei­ther do I. Or who has ex­er­cised her in­flu­ence— loudly and some­times blis­ter­ingly (like it or not)—with no thought of per­sonal con­se­quences? Again, me nei­ther. I spoke with her long­time friend and costume de­signer, Bob Mackie, for our cover story (page 74), and al­though she hasn’t strayed into pol­i­tics in her new show, he agrees that re­gard­less of what you think about her opin­ions, her fear­less­ness in our cur­rent po­lit­i­cal cli­mate is a breath of pure, un­fil­tered fresh air.

Painted into mesh body­suits, wear­ing a sari and rid­ing an an­i­ma­tronic ele­phant, sur­rounded by gy­rat­ing glad­i­a­tors, maybe Cher is out­spo­ken in the kind of the­atri­cal way that res­onates par­tic­u­larly well with a Las Ve­gas au­di­ence. But there’s also a rea­son that she’s been a trail­blazer for 50 years, giv­ing women per­mis­sion to speak their minds, not shoe­horn them­selves into cul­tural norms, and, on oc­ca­sion, wear a head­dress made of rooster feath­ers.

To Cher and all the strong women mak­ing the world a lit­tle more amaz­ing for the rest of us, we salute you.

It’s been a busy spring! Mon­ster Inc. CEO Noel Lee and I did a lit­tle shop­ping at our un­veil­ing with Gaudin Porsche of the 2017 Panam­era; Michele Quinn and Jerry Misko and I cel­e­brated the in­cred­i­ble “Tilt­ing the Basin: Con­tem­po­rary Art of Ne­vada” show in

Ev­ery­one find their best blues! One of my hus­band, Reid Gard­ner’s, and my fa­vorite events of the year is One Night for One Drop, in which Cirque du Soleil casts and crews do­nate their time and tal­ent in sup­port of ar­eas in wa­ter cri­sis.

an­drea ben­nett

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