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Gay Iconography: Is Robyn An Outsider Icon?

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The phrase "gay icon" gets tossed around a lot, but what does that really mean? Welcome to Gay Iconography, a feature where we present a proposed iconic figure or character and then ask you to weigh in with your thoughts. 

There's been a few recurring themes that have emerged in these discussions around what makes gay icons: talent, relatability and time, among them. Time is a particularly interesting factor. Icons aren't necessarily legends, but it's hard to sneak recent figures in among stars like Cher and Judy Garland. Still, there are some contemporary names that have continued to pop up in the comments.

Take Robyn, for instance. The Swedish dance-pop star is beloved by many in the gay community for her other-worldly sense of style, high-energy live shows and pristine pop jams. She's frequently cited as a gay icon for younger generations, and has become a staple in gay bars and clubs. With a career that only really took off in 2005 (though she'd been around in some capacity since the '90s), is it too soon to call her an icon?

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DEMOLITION TIME: An overpass in Rio gets brought down.

ROBYN: Meets a robot being made in her honor.

CAMERA BUGGY: Meeting some lion cubs.

ICONA POP: "Just Another Night".

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Kings of Leon Cover Robyn's 'Dancing on My Own': VIDEO

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A new take on an old favorite.

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Two Gay Guys, Two Cups,'Call Your Girlfriend' Cover: VIDEO

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Take a break from the daily grind and check out Towleroad reader Scottie and friend Riley serve up some "Call Your Girlfriend" realness, reminiscent of girl group Erato's cover of the song.  

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Robyn Does Some Gender-Bending in Snoop Dogg Collaboration: VIDEO

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Swedish pop star Robyn today dropped a video for "U Should Know Better", a three-year-old track featuring Snoop Dogg from her Body Talk Pt. 2 album, and the video features a pair of gender-flipped doubles for the two singers.

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Robyn, Diddy, and Paul Rudd are in an Insane Music Video Together: WATCH

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Remember the crazy video from Andy Samberg's comedy troupe The Lonely Island in which James Franco, Ed Norton, and Zach Galifianakis got married to men?

Samberg's follow-up has now arrived, and operates on the same level of genius insanity, but this time features the odd combo of Swedish pop star Robyn, Diddy, and Paul Rudd hitting a nightclub in a music video for the track "Go Kindergarten".

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