We all have a beauty icon we look to for style advice and makeup tips. The 20th century saw some of the most beautiful and iconic stars rise to fame and steal the spotlight time and again. But where are they now and what do they look like? We’ve compiled a list of some of the most iconic beautiful celebrities of the 20th century to take a look at how their style has changed over time.
1. Molly Ringwald
One of the brat-pack teen actors of the mid-80s American teen movies, Molly Ringwald rose to fame as the main character of Sixteen Candles. She followed up her Sixteen Candles performance in The Breakfast Club, arguably the most iconic movie of the 80s, where she played Claire Standish, the spoiled sophisticate who skips class to go shopping. (We’ve all been there!) Undeniably stylish, Ringwald also starred in Pretty in Pink, her most recognizable role.
2. Julie Andrews
Best known for her performance as Maria in The Sound of Music, Julie Andrews also starred in Mary Poppins and The Americanizaton of Emily, which saw her nominated for an Oscar. More recently, Andrews played the domineering Queen Clarisse Renaldi starring alongside Anne Hathaway in The Princess Diaries. In 2000, Julie Andrews was awarded the title Dame by Queen Elizabeth II for her services to the performing arts.
3. Brooke Shields
Well-known from her role starring with Christopher Atkins in Blue Lagoon, Brooke Shields is an American actress and model. In 1996, she starred as the titular character in sit-com Suddenly Susan. Shields also has a degree from Princeton University and is a published author.
4. Grace Jones
Famous for her early modelling career with Yves Saint Lauren and Kenzo, Grace Jones launched her music career in 1977 and has since released albums infused with reggae, funk and post-punk influences. She appeared in the 1985 James Bond movie A View to a Kill as May Day and recently made the headlines after quitting the current James Bond film because her part was too small.
5. Debbie Harry
More commonly known as the lead singer of Blondie, Debbie Harry was never far from no. 1 in the UK and US charts in the late 70s and early 80s before the band split in the early 80s. The band reformed in 1997 with the four original members – Debbie Harry, Chris Stein, Clem Burke and Jimmy Destri – joining back up to work on their seventh studio album No Exit which was released in 1999.
6. Diahann Carroll
Diahann Carroll rose to fame in the first major studio films that featured black actresses. She is best known for her starring role in the 1968 TV series Julia, which made her the first African-American woman to star in her own TV show. Her performance in Julia won her a Golden Globe in 1968 as well as an Emmy nomination in 1968. Since then, Carroll has been a frequent guest star on popular medical drama Grey’s Anatomy.
7. Beverly Johnson
An American supermodel, actress and businesswoman, Beverly Johnson was the first African-American woman to appear on the cover of Vogue in August 1974. The following year, she appeared on the French edition of Elle and in 2008, Johnson was named one of the 20th century’s most influential figures in fashion. In 2012, she starred in her own reality TV show Beverly’s Full House that shared details of her personal and family life.
8. Jane Fonda
Daughter of the acclaimed actor Henry Fonda, Jane Fonda starred in Klute and Comming Home, winning Oscars for her performance in both. In the 1980s, Fonda also found fame as she launched her own series of aerobic fitness videos. (Yes, we have Jane Fonda to thank for the 80s obsession with leotards…) Off camera, Fonda has also campaigned for the civil rights movement and as an anti-war activist.
9. Michelle Pfeiffer
American actress Michelle Pfeiffer rose to fame in the 1980s through her variety of performances from token pretty girls to gangster moll in the 1983 movie Scarface. She went on to star in Dangerous Liaisons and The Fabulous Baker Boys, both of which gained her Academy Award nominations. After taking a career break in 2002, Pfeiffer returned to the silver screen in the 2007 musical film Hairspray and most recently played Janet van Dyne in the 2018 film Ant-Man and the Wasp.
Iman, or Zara Mohamed Abdulmajid, rose to fame as a fashion model and muse of Gianni Versace, Calvin Klein and Yves Saint Lauren. In 1992, Iman married English rock star David Bowie. Iman also launched her own cosmetics brand in 1994 to focus on shades for women of color.