The world's reaction to the death of Whitney Houston has made it clear she was more than just a singer -- she was an icon and an inspiration.
iReport contributors from around the globe shared their favorite memories and images of the fallen star.
“Miss Houston’s music was the soundtrack to my young life ... More often than others, Whitney's voice wailed over our conversations of my day and often provided the soundtrack of our impromptu dance parties at any given spotlight ... my mom and I shared these memories as we mourned the loss of yet another musical genius who helped us to bond together as mother and son -- but also helped the world to bond as brother and sister.”
"As a black teenager going to a predominately white high school … Whitney was my style icon and hero -- the first black pop female star who was as beautiful as she was talented … She made me and other girls like me feel like we didn’t have to be blond and blue-eyed to be beautiful and admired. I wish she knew how much she did for me and my friends’ self esteem.”
Lia Ocampo shot the main photo at a department store in the Phillipines. She told HLN that Filipinos love to sing and they admire great singers like Whitney.
“I’ll never forget huddling around a small radio with my platoon in the middle of the Saudi Arabian desert along the Iraqi border in 1991 listening to the Super Bowl. Whitney Houston sang, what I consider to be without a doubt, the greatest rendition of out National Anthem ever performed. Big burly men on the brink of war failed to hold back their tears as we listened in absolute silence. When she finished her final note … and we could hear the jets soaring over the stadium, we cried out with an enormous motivational cheer, 'Hooah!'
From the veterans of the 2nd Platoon, Bravo Company, 4/18 Infantry, 1991, Desert Storm, RIP Whitney! And thank you!"
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