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21 Reasons Gwen Stefani Is Still A Mega Style Icon

Gwen Stefani finally got her props as a style icon, thanks to PEOPLE who honored her with the title last night. Over the years, the Harajuku Queen has taken more style risks than any of her peers–to be fair, she's got decades of bold wardrobe choices on fellow fashion icon Rihanna. Aside from providing the world with stellar pop songs, endless hair inspiration, and coppable clothes and accessories she designs for her L.A.M.B. line, Gwen has saved us from a boring red carpet time and time again. For those reasons and 21 more, here's why she's deserving of her style icon status.

She was one of the first to pair socks with Mary Janes.

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No Doubt Perform at Clean & Sober Beach Party

Yes, a full six years before Cher Horowitz.

She taught Rihanna everything she knows about red carpet goth.

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The 24th Annual American Music Awards

She was an ab-baring OG.

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No Doubt Concert at Nassau Coliseum - 1996

Now this is how you do baby bangs.

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Gwen also did the pixie cut before anyone else.

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1997 MTV Movie Awards

There is no hair risk she won't take.

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Gwen Stefani

Seriously—you name the dye, she's done it.

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She did white girl cornrows before Kim, Christina, Cara, Kesha, and Kendall.

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Vivienne Westwood Fall 2000 Fashion Show

The real inspiration behind Jada Pinkett Smith and Rihanna's baby buns? Gwen.

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40th Annual Grammy Awards Pre-Party Hosted by Clive Davis

Not to mention Miley’s VMAs buns.

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15th Annual MTV Video Music Awards - Arrivals

Before there was #FreetheNipple, there was Gwen.

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She's one of the few people who can wear a suit without it looking stuffy.

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8th Annual Billboard Music Awards

And she can sport streetwear just as well.

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1997 KROQ Acoustic X-Mas

No one else in the history of pop has gotten as much mileage out of a white tank top.

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Celebs At 2000 Billboard Music Awards

She's also found a record number of ways to wear bikini tops.

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First Annual BET Awards - Arrivals

She was wearing shorts on the red carpet long before Pharrell.

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2001 MTV Video Music Awards - Arrivals

She's not afraid to promote her music through her clothes.

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No Doubt In Concert At Staples Center Los Angeles

She dared to go ombré with her wedding dress.

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Gwen Stefani and Gavin Rossdale Wedding on Saturday, September 14, 2002

She was one of the best dressed attendees at the punk-themed Met Gala.

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She was one of the first pop stars to bridge the world of music and fashion with her own clothing line.

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L.A.M.B - Runway - Spring 2011 MBFW

And it's wildly successful.

She's still taking risks–even at age 45.

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The PEOPLE Magazine Awards - Arrivals

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