I remember as a child watching Diana Ross performing with the Supremes on TV. She had that big hair and those beautiful long eye lashes. I thought she was so amazingly pretty (she still is) but then, and now, in my mind nobody was as pretty as my momma. And although Diana Ross had some of the most beautiful gowns I’d ever seen, it was my mom’s closet that I had access to.
Sometimes my sister and I would sneak in my mom’s room when she was at work. We would try on her jewelry and put on her heels, pull out her powder blue eye shadow, put on a ton of blush, crookedly apply her false eyelashes and spray on her Chanel perfume. Then we would pull out her shiniest dresses and put them on.
Looking back now, I think we may have looked like circus clowns, but at the time we were beautiful and glamorous and very much the Supremes.
Watching Diana Ross on TV while we were all made up, you know my sister and I had to put on an all-out performance.
Grabbing our trusty, hairbrush microphones, and putting sweaters on our heads so we could flip our “hair,” I remember singing Stop In the Name of Love in front of the mirror. By today’s standards, our talented musical display was not a Grammy Award-winning performance, but still we laughed and sang and had fun.
The thought of that time still puts a smile on my face and makes me laugh.
Even now when I visit my mom, I find myself trying on her lipstick or spraying on her perfume. Today, her shoes fit and I know how to properly apply the eyelashes.
I still think my mom is a great beauty and that Diana Ross was the epitome of real glamour back then. But now, looking back on that time with adult eyes, I realize perhaps playing dress up was less about being Diana Ross glamorous and more about wanting to be just like my mom.
The good news is that I can capture the essence of both on Tuesday, May 28, at 7:30 p.m. when one of my favorite productions Dreamgirls shows at Bell Auditorium. Tickets are $40-$50 from georgialinatix.com, (877) 4AUGTIX or at the James Brown Arena box office.
Dreamgirls is the story of an all-girl group and their rise to fame in the 1960s. The story is obviously inspired by the ultra glamorous career of Diana Ross and The Supremes. Most people however, are familiar with the movie adaption that starred Beyonce, Jamie Foxx and Eddie Murphy and won Jennifer Hudson an Oscar. The show highlights the hardships and successes of the group’s journey through the music industry and how their experiences affect their relationships. It’s an amazing story of failure, hope, desire, greed, and ultimate triumph.
Yes, I’ll be taking my mom and I’ll probably be wearing her heels, just for old time’s sake.