NEW YORK, NY – JANUARY 09: Soul singer Aretha Franklin sings in the Atlantic Records studio during “The Weight” recording sesssion on January 9, 1969 in New York City, New York. (Photo by Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images)

With Jennifer Hudson set to play the legendary Aretha Franklin in the biopic Respect, we’ve been musing on the late singer’s enduring legacy. Not only was she the undisputed Queen of Soul, but she is also remembered as an unapologetic beauty icon, known for playing with proportion, embracing colour and flouting convention.

While Franklin will remain known for her powerful voice, fascinating life, civil rights work and commanding stage presence, we’d argue her makeup and hair choices deserve some accolades too. So from spidery 60s lashes to ice blue eyeshadow, here are some of our favourite beauty moments from Franklin.

Portrait of American singer and musician Aretha Franklin, 1971. (Photo by Anthony Barboza/Getty Images)

Franklin was never one to shy away from colour, and this soft pastel lavender eye shadow is a prime example. She wore her hair in a natural Afro to signal her commitment to the Civil Rights Movement, for which she was a fierce advocate.

CIRCA 1964: Soul singer Aretha Franklin poses for a portrait in circa 1964. (Photo by Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images)

Franklin regularly experimented with buoyant bouffant wigs throughout her career, often paired with extended cat-eye liner and sharply defined brows.

DETROIT – DECEMBER 16: Soul singer Aretha Franklin poses for a portrait Session on December 16, 2005 in Detroit, Michigan. (Photo by Harry Langdon/Getty Images)

When she wasn’t wearing graphic eye makeup, Franklin often opted for high volume hair and soft makeup, characterised by classic smoky shadows and a glossy lip.

LOS ANGELES – 1980: Singer Aretha Franklin poses for a portrait in 1980 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Harry Langdon/Getty Images)

Posing for her Aretha album cover, the singer chose a cropped wig with 60s spidery lashes a technicolour eye makeup in Franklin’s signature pink, icy blue and purple hues.

ROYAL OAK, MI – AUGUST 05: Aretha Franklin attends a special screening of “Sparkle” at the Emagine Royal Oak theater on August 5, 2012 in Royal Oak, Michigan. (Photo by Monica Morgan/WireImage)

The music legend never lost her love for colour, choosing more shimmering iridescent shades of lavender in later years.