Elvis, Cher, Madonna, Britney Spears…at some point everyone has either wanted to dress like them or dress up as them. Haute Couture may have an incomparable rarified beauty, but a pop star is someone you want to hang out with, to emulate—the cool kid. The worlds of music and fashion have always gone hand in hand (ie: the rock star dating the supermodel) but now these worlds have virtually merged. The diva is performer, model, and designer rolled into one. Gwen Stefani, Victoria Beckham, and Jennifer Lopez all have successful clothing lines, they all look amazing, and they are all mamis.

The recent MTV Video Music Awards were a fabulous opportunity to see our favorite pop divas in full regalia and a reminder to recognize the icons who influenced them.

Beyoncé stole the show at this year’s VMAs with her pregnancy bombshell. She absolutely glows draped in floaty, spicy orange layers.

Speaking of spicy, former Spice Girl Victoria Beckham lives up to her Posh nickname. She knows how to strike a pose. It’s all about angles ladies.

Selena Gomez has developed a sophisticated, ladylike style with just enough edge to keep things interesting. She offsets her dramatic gown with sleek, minimal hair and accessories. A perfect teen idol.

Jennifer Lopez is the queen of glitzy, shimmery body conscious dressing. She always looks fantastic and she wrote the book on how to work it.

Demi Lovato has taken a page from JLo’s very impressive book. She’s all about glamour, sparkle, and celebrating her fabulous curves.

Madonna is the ultimate style chameleon and at 53, she is simply stunning.

Lady Gaga takes the theater of fashion to a whole new level with her outrageous looks. She loves playing dress up and her over the top style reminds us that beauty comes in all shapes and sizes.