BLACK VOICES
01/16/2013 05:19 pm ET Updated Jan 16, 2013

Sade's Birthday: Singer Turns 54, A Look Back At Her Timeless Style (PHOTOS)

Let's just start off by saying that we can't believe Sade is turning 54 today! The Nigerian-born, British-bred singer is literally the definition of a timeless beauty (take note Beyonce and Rihanna). That silky, slicked back hair. Those ruby lips. The flawless skin. How does she do it?

From the moment she hit the air waves with her smooth voice and stunning style we were hooked. Thirty years later, we're still mesmerized.

Sade has been a muse to many. Her musical influence is far reaching from Beyonce to legendary rapper Rakim. But her style is just as enduring. Just this year, Jean Paul Gaultier paid homage to Sade's signature style during his Spring 2013 runway show and designer Olivier Rousteing specifically cited the singer's feminine use of menswear as inspiration for Balmain's current spring collection.

Plus, we bet you didn't know Sade is an alum of London's famed fashion institution, Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design, and designed a men's clothing collection before turning her focus to music. Cool, huh?

In celebration of Sade's 54th birthday, here's a look at some of our favorite images of the talented beauty.

PHOTO GALLERIES
Sade's Stunning Style
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