NEW YORK — For Hilarie Burton, being stylish means more than just wearing the right labels. It also has a lot to do with attitude. So WWD asked the MTV VJ to rank her favorite artists, onstage and off, in terms of style and visual appeal. Surprisingly, fashion darlings Madonna and Gwen Stefani don’t make the cut, while some far-out acts do. And, as far as Burton is concerned, the guys outdo the ladies. Here’s how she sees it:

1. Marilyn Manson: “I think visually, he’s one of the most creative artists out there today. He takes the grotesque and turns it into something stimulating. I have a soft spot in my heart for the bizarre, so the odder the better.”

2. David Bowie: “I am obsessed with androgyny, and he made bold sexual steps to blur the line between ‘boys’ and ‘girls.’ Plus, who the hell can top ‘Ziggy Stardust?’”

3. Boy George: “By the time I graduated high school, no wall space in my room was visable because they were packed with pictures of him. I was devoted to George and his fabulous,extravagant fashion statements.”

4. The White Stripes: “Who else can make two colors so versatile? They use very bright white and very bold red, but they remain so mysterious. I love the honky-tonk phase they’re going through right now.”

5. Outkast: “In hip-hop, there’s a trend for performers to just want to talk about what sneakers they’re wearing. And then these guys show up and bring the thunder, with platform boots, wild stripes and polkadots. They celebrate the eccentric, and I wholeheartedly give my approval.”

6. Missy Elliot: “Her fashion, and the fashion she inspires....She had a hand in the ‘Moulin Rouge’ video, and as you can see from the kid dancers in her videos, she’s introducing an entire generation to old-school warm-ups. Very rad.”

7. Elvis Costello: “Regardless of how old he is, he still takes my breath away. I’m a sucker for a boy in cute glasses.”8. Dolly Parton, Loretta Lynn and other country-music legends: “There’s an extravagance that old-school female country singers have when it comes to fashion, as if saying, ‘Yes, every day can be prom.’”

9. The Flaming Lips: “Fuzzy animal suits….Need I say more?”

10. John Mellencamp: “There is something so sexy about just a white T-shirt and jeans. He owns this look.”

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