Orange hair, pixie cuts, and the bone structure of a powerful Scottish goddess; that’s Annie Lennox.
In the 70s Lennox left her life in Scotland for the UK, where she formed The Tourists, a band that deserved much greater success than what they attained. Over a three-year span, the band shared the depth, poetics and magic in their compositions and arrangement – incorporating punk, folk and reggae sounds – throughout Europe. However, their eventual demise led Lennox onto greater things. In 1983, Lennox and David A. Stewart, the musical dynamic duo, landed international success through their synth-pop rock band, Eurythmics.
After the release of Sweet Dreams (Are Made of This), the dark and mysterious Lennox was properly introduced to the world. Along with her neon-colored eye-shadow, Lennox’s soulful and enticing voice quickly transformed her into a pop icon. Throughout the 80s, Eurythmics sold over 75 million albums and collaborated with renowned musicians including Stevie Wonder, Aretha Franklin, and Elvis Costello. Lennox eventually went on to debut her solo career with the release of Diva, which also garnered immense recognition. Ye besides her accolades as a musician, her renowned fame, bold fashion, and compelling, soulful voice, Lennox has had a much deeper impact on the world itself than just with her musician status.
Her active humanitarianism, philanthropy, political activism, as a feminist, has made her an inspiration to create a better world. From AIDS/HIV awareness to The Amnesty Arts Fund, Lennox has worked with organizations that reflect her firm belief in freedom of expression and inspiring creative activism. She has also gained profound recognition in the LGBTQIA community as a “gay icon” due to her alluring personality, charisma, and contributions.
While her eccentricity, poise, and killer vocals made her one of Rolling Stone’s 100 greatest singers, it’s Lennox’s unwavering spirit and devotion to philanthropy and equal rights for all that truly blow us away.