01/09/2013 02:47 pm ET

Pat Benatar Style Evolution: From Animal Print Leotards To Black Two-Piece Suits (PHOTOS)

Back in the '80s, when MTV actually played music videos and wasn't flooded with heavily-scripted reality TV shows, Pat Benatar ruled the network. She made waves with the her vocal range, skintight leggings and electric eye makeup in "You Better Run" -- the second video to play on MTV. But for someone who had the rockstar image down pat from the start, including sporting the no-pants look decades before Lady Gaga and Nicki Minaj, it all came together by coincidence.

Benatar said, "This came from a Halloween costume I wore. I was dressed as a character from this ridiculous B movie called 'Cat-Women of the Moon.' This was ridiculous then; it's so ridiculous now."

The "Love is a Battlefield" singer continued to rock out shows in her famous leotards until her on-stage look took a drastic turn in the 1990s towards loose-fitting, all black outfits. She's also experimented with more free-flowing hairstyles since then, however, Benatar can't seem to put down that tube of dark lipstick.

In celebration of Benatar's 60th birthday on Thursday (Jan. 10), we're taking a look back at the music icon's style over the years. Vote for your favorite look in the slideshow below.

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Pat Benatar Style Evolution

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