Having recently caught the Shalamar episode of TVOne’s Unsung, I was reintroduced to one of my favorite childhood divas – the unimitable Jody Watley:

Though I was too young to remember her meteoric rise from Soul Train dancer to the female lead of the late-70s and early-80s group, I definitely remember the splash she’d made on the scene when she broke out as a solo artist in the late 80s:

Setting herself apart from the run-of-the-mill dance and R&B divas with her mix of street style and runway glam, Jody set trends in her videos that impacted future style divas such as Rihanna and Lady Gaga. And while her career has winded down a bit since her Real Love heyday, she’s living proof that fifty can definitely be fabulous:

And what better way to celebrate the Diva than with one of her iconic (and my personal favorite) videos – shot on location at the Paris Opera House and featuring some of the best face in video: