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NO PREGNANT PAUSES
In 1983, when she burst on the pop landscape in Day-Glo hair, declaring that "Girls Just Want to Have Fun," Cyndi Lauper instantly became a liberating voice for her sorority of fans. Now, 44 and pregnant with her first child (due in November), Lauper is once again showing her true colors as a stalwart performer. In April she released her fifth studio album, Sisters of Avalon (Epic). And on Aug. 2 she finished a vigorous three-month stint as Tina Turner's opening act—despite morning sickness and an ever-expanding waistline. "Being pregnant is like an ongoing science project," muses Lauper, who has been married since 1991 to David Thornton, a TV and film actor. "Your body's always changing, and you think, 'Okay, what's in store today?' "
What's the worst part about being pregnant?
People touching my stomach for good luck all the time. I want to say, "Excuse me. Do I look like the Happy Buddha? This is not Aladdin's lamp, and a genie is not going to pop out of here." At least not now, anyway.
Did you have doubts about performing in your condition?
I asked, and my doctors said it would actually be even more stressful for me not to do what I normally do. Lying down all day and doing nothing—that would kill me.
Do you wear maternity clothes?
I don't wear them ever. I have things made to the shape of my body. I went to a stripper place in L.A. called Trashy Lingerie for a couple of things. But I'm not interested in maternity clothes until they start making clothes women can feel pretty in and not like they're wearing a potato sack.
Have you selected a name yet?
No. This kid's going to be born and we'll still be discussing names. You want something poetic and nice, maybe a famous artist's name, not some weird hippie name. Name books are kind of cheesy. I'm still learning.
Would you want your son to be a musician?
Of course. That's a real job, isn't it?
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