olivia newton-john (1948-2022)

she was sandy when we were little kids, the girl everyone wanted to be coz she got to dance with john travolta. soon after, she became the beauty in harem pants who sang about xanadu, kublai khan’s “pleasure dome.” never saw the film but loved the joy in that song. later still, as we were growing up, her music video “physical” became ubiquitous – it had a totally different vibe. i wasn’t sure i liked the transformation but it was hard not to watch. in the 90s, she was diagnosed with breast cancer and fought valiantly and openly. everyone rooted for her. she started a wellness and cancer research center and supported this work thru a foundation. she wanted to imagine a world beyond cancer. we will get there one day inshallah. may she rest in peace.

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