Billboard's 13th annual Women in Music event, which takes place on Dec. 6 in New York City, will be honoring some of the most extraordinary women in music, including Cyndi Lauper, who is set to receive this year’s icon award. Ahead of the event, Billboard sat down with the singer to take a look back at photographs from her childhood and her early musical career, including pictures from her time in Flyer and Blue Angel.
The first image shown features a young Cyndi with her siblings at her little brother’s first communion. “He was seven, I was 12, my sister was going on 14,” she explains. “I don't think she liked getting dolled up like that.”
Another photograph displayed captures the singer in her mother’s apartment in the '70s, alongside her grandmother and her dog Sparkle.