Tina Turner graces cover of Vogue for the first time

Tina Turner is making headlines around the globe for gracing the cover of Vogue Germany. This is the first time the 73-year-old grande dame of rock and R&B has graced a cover for the storied magazine franchise.

For the April 2013 issue of the international imprint, the “legendary singer is seen rocking her signature honey blonde-highlighted hair, a silky navy blouse and what appears to be a black skirt for Vogue’s German edition, which was shot by Claudia Knoepfel and Stefan Indlekofer and styled by Nicola Knels,” writes Julee Wilson of The Huffington Post.

Turner is being praised for looking fierce on the cover, as is Vogue Germany itself for selecting a mature woman as a positive innovation. “It’s kind of a surprising choice for Vogue Germany, which generally prefers young starlets and models-of-the-moment for its cover features–but it’s a welcome one,” opines Hayley Phelan of Fashionista.com.

Plus, Turner may have scored a world record in addition to just being plain fabulous with her Vogue Germany cover shot.

“It’s thought that legendary singer Tina Turner has become the oldest person to grace a Vogue cover as she appears on the April 2013 issue of the famed fashion publication’s German edition,” reports The Telegraph. “At 73-years-old, Turner surpasses Meryl Streep, who became the oldest when she covered US Vogue’s January 2012 [at] aged 62.”

This is yet another amazing career milestone for the sultry crooner that further proves, as The Daily Beast puts it: “Good things come to those who wait.”

While that may be a well-worn cliche, in Tina’s case it is the absolute truth. The singer, actress and author has had a enduring career spanning several decades, famously making a huge comeback during the ’80s as a solo artist after ending an abusive creative and personal partnership with former husband Ike Turner.

Since that period of regeneration, Turner has remained an international superstar, most recently cementing her long-established roots in Europe by electing to become a citizen of Switzerland.

Now with her Vogue Germany cover, Turner further proves that one’s career and life path can continue developing — even into the stratosphere — no matter what your age, origins, or obstacles. It helps to have killer legs and incredible singing talent, but Turner’s life remains an inspiring example to many of another truism: “Age is just a number.”

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