Tina Turner Paid $3.2 Million to Protect Her Famous Legs

Tina Turner captivated audiences with her music for the first time in 1961. When she debuted, the “Proud Mary” singer enthralled some fans with her powerful voice and stage presence. She also gained notoriety for her dazzling dresses, which showed off Turner’s renowned legs. 

At the height of her career, the Grammy winner paid a hefty amount of money to keep her legs intact. 

A black and white photo of Tina Turner dancing on tour.
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The age of Tina Turner in 2021

Tina Turner dancing and singing at her 'Foreign Affair' tour.
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Turner is 81. The Nutbush, Tennessee native found success as an R&B artist in the 1960s. During that time, she joined her ex-husband Ike Turner’s band, Kings of Rhythm. After he heard her sing, Ike allowed Turner to be the group’s lead singer. In 1961, the band released their first album, Ike & Tina Turner’s Kings of Rhythm Dance. The project had several tracks, including “Prancing” and “It’s Gonna Work Out Fine.” 

Eventually, Kings of Rhythm became the Ike & Tina Turner Revue. Under the new name, the Turners presented songs such as “Fool In Love,” “Proud Mary,” and “Sleepless.” The duo also won their only Grammy together in 1972. However, the Ike and Tina Turner Revue disbanded in 1978. Turner divorced Ike that year after a 16-year abusive marriage. 

After leaving Ike behind, Turner had a remarkable comeback in the 1980s. She released her first solo album, Private Dancer. Private Dancer consisted of one of Turner’s biggest hits, “What’s Love Got to Do with It.” The singer also earned a Grammy nomination for Album of the Year. Following the success of Private Dancer, Turner continued to perform all over the world. In 2008, she completed her final worldwide tour at 69 to celebrate 50 years in music. 

Tina Turner reportedly paid millions of dollars to insure her legs

While she got her start with the help of her ex, Turner became a star after becoming a solo artist. In 2000, the singer’s Twenty Four Seven tour earned $80.2 million in ticket sales. According to Rolling Stone, Turner beat out N’Sync and the Dave Matthews Band as the highest-earning performer that year. 

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In addition to creating a lane in rock music, Turner also turned heads with her look. The singer’s extravagant wigs, stunning makeup, and sequined dresses caught the attention of her fans. The positive response Turner received regarding her legs could’ve been why she decided to insure them. According to CR Fashion Book, the Mad Max star paid a reported $3.2 million to cover the insurance for her gams. 

Turner told The Guardian in Dec. 2020 that she was insecure about her expensive body parts as a child.

“When I was young, my perception of myself was quite negative,” she admitted. “I didn’t really care for the way I looked, especially how my legs looked, which is funny now because I became almost as famous for my legs as for my talent!”

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During her interview with The Guardian, Turner shared how she overcame being insecure about her body. The “Steamy Windows” artist said that she didn’t feel the need to compare her features and looks to anyone else’s once she accepted herself.

“Once I decided that my personal standard of beauty would be my own and that I’d never compared myself to others, I could finally appreciate myself fully,” she said. “Then, if a negative thought ever came to mind, I’d replace it by repeating a positive one many times over, which worked wonders.”

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Turner officially left the U.S. as a citizen in 2013. After she married Erwin Bach, the singer became a permanent resident of Switzerland. In March 2021, Bach shared in Turner’s HBO documentary, Tina, that she doesn’t plan on returning to the U.S. The Rock and Roll Hall of Famer’s last American appearance was in 2019 during her Broadway show, TINA- The Tina Turner Musical.

“She said, ‘I’m going to America to say goodbye to my American fans, and I’ll wrap it up,’” Bach said. “And I think this documentary and the play, this is it — it’s a closure.”