Not for nothing, but in 1986, MTV was mostly Madonna and Madonna knock-offs, with the exception of Whitney Houston who broke through the previous year. But where Whit cooed and belted in her seduction of a mass and diverse audience, seduction was the furthest thing from Janet's mind (to
Whit wit, see #8). Instead, she demanded, she proclaimed; she didn't seduce, she rebuffed. She was the independent woman, part one. She was a grown woman doing whatever she wanted. She ran the world, girl. Obviously, Beyoncé took copious notes.