If you grew up in the '80s, chances are the glitzy-good pop song countdown show,"Solid Gold," ruled your Saturday nights. The music was fabulous, but the real magic of "Solid Gold" (aside from the sax-heavy, Dionne Warwick-sung theme song) was the jazz-tastic Solid Gold dancers. Each week, from 1980 to 1988, these wrigglers performed slinky choreographed numbers to each of the top ten songs of the week--and principal dancer Darcel Wynn was their fearless leader. Oh, the majesty of Darcel! From '80 to '85, this Pittsburgh native turned America out with her lycra-clad awesomeness, unitard collection, confrontational nails and that exaggerated '80's weave (which varied from ankle-length braids to a waterfall of huge, pre-Jody Watley waves). Her look was major, but her dancing was everything--you haven't seen anything until you've witnessed Wynn writhing around on the floor in a gilded full-body catsuit to the Pointer Sisters' "Slow Hand." After her run on Solid Gold, Wynn had three children, settled down with her husband (Glen Leonard of the Temptations), and became a born-again Christian. Recently, she resurfaced in an interview with blogger Auntie Fashion, where she declared herself to be the inspiration for the new pants-less craze led by Lady Gaga, Beyonce and Rihanna. We couldn't love this more.
Here, we rounded up some hot Darcel photos, as well as hair products inspired by her Solid Gold look.
In Darcel Wynn’s interview with Auntie Fashion, she explained that her pre-show beauty regimen was a lot of work. “It was a lot of hours…braids and nails every week,” she said. “One time we were trying to get my hair to look like Crystal Gayle’s hair. The braids were down to my ankles. I tucked (them) in my belt and used that hair like a whip. The dancers next to me had to duck.”