Nonconformist: Michael Jackson

Kim Daane

Miss Wiltzius

American Literature

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Michael Jackson

He received an induction into the rock and roll hall of fame twice. Five of his solo albums- "Off the Wall," "Thriller," "Bad," "Dangerous," and "HIStory," all with Epic Records –have become some of the top-selling albums of all time. “Thriller” holds the distinction as the largest selling album worldwide in the history of the recording industry with more than 70 million units sold. He also won 13 Grammy Awards. (“Bio”). Michael Jackson became one of the greatest artists of all time because he did things differently than artists before him. His appearance, clothing style, and the ways he changed music made him a nonconformist in the music industry.

      Foremost, Michael Jackson’s appearance made him a nonconformist. He wore makeup on and off stage before most male artists did. He started wearing makeup in 1978 with the production of The Wiz. He wore makeup in the show, and also outside of the performances (McCarthy). From then on, it seemed he always had makeup on in public. He was often seen with lipstick, eyeliner, and blush. Michael Jackson also had numerous plastic surgeries. His first took place in 1979 after the release of his first solo album. While dancing on stage, Jackson fell and broke his nose. However, that surgery didn’t correct it so he had a second surgery in 1980 (McCarthy). In his book, Moonwalk, he said that in addition to the two nose surgeries, he also had a dimple created in his chin (Pratt 72). In the years that followed, it became evident that he had had more surgeries. Experts say that Jackson probably had more than 25 facial operations,

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with additional nose jobs, cheek implants, eye lifts and chin work (“From” 67). At his time, no other artist made such a dramatic change in their appearance as Jackson did. Some other artists may have had surgeries, but Jackson looked like a different person after his surgeries. His changing...