“It girl” was once a very familiar term for many years. It is known that this term first appeared in the 1920s, specifically in the movie It (1927) produced by Paramount Studios. The movie revolves around the pretty young girl Betty Lou Spence (Clara Bow) who used an indescribable charm to attract the main character – her crush (Antonio Moreno). Over time, girls who possessed the same charm as Betty Lou Spence were gradually described by the term “It Girl”.
“It girls” are capable of catching people’s attention and are loved by everyone. And in the ’80s and ’90s, “It girl” is someone that every woman wants to be, and every man wants to date.
So now, let’s meet again the top “it girls” of those years to see how they have changed over the years.
#1 Liv Tyler
Grew up in the glory of her parents, Liv is never forgotten as the daughter of singer Steven Tyler, the lead singer of the Boston-based rock band Aerosmith, and rocker and model Bebe Buelle. Started her career as a model at the age of 14, Liv quickly became a prominent face in teen magazines. But she only really shined after had starred in the movie Stealing Beauty directed by Bernardo Bertolucci.
#2 Elizabeth Hurley
Elizabeth Hurley, better known as Liz Hurley, started her acting career at the age of 22 with the movie Aria (1987). The public only started to pay attention to this British beauty when she became the girlfriend of actor Hugh Grant. She is a rare star that keeps her attractive face and sexy body after many years of working in showbiz.
#3 Denise Richards
Like many other movie stars, actress Denise Richards started her acting career with small roles. Her name was widely known when had starred in the movie Starship Troopers (1997). She later starred in the reality show, The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills until 2020.
#4 Michelle Pfeiffer
The success in the beauty pageants made Michelle Pfeiffer famous. The beauty was a springboard for Michelle to pursue an acting career. We will soon be able to see her again in the upcoming Showtime TV series, The First Lady.
#5 Heather Locklear
Heather Locklear is an actress and producer, known for Melrose Place (1992), The Perfect Man (2005) and The Return of Swamp Thing (1989). With her role on Melrose Place, she was nominated for 4 consecutive Golden Globes and was named one of People Magazine’s 50 Most Beautiful People, twice. She returned to TV with a new lifetime biopic produced by Meghan McCain in 2021.
#6 Christina Applegate
Christina Applegate has won an Emmy, a Golden Globe, and a Tony Award. She as Kelly Bundy eventually scored her most memorable role of ditzy Kelly Bundy in FOX-TV’s comedy series Married with Children.
#7 Brooke Shields
Brooke Shields started her career as a model at the age of 11 and gradually built her reputation. With Pretty Baby (1978), a historical drama film directed by Louis Malle, she became famous throughout the United States. Until now, she still devotes herself to acting, just that her famous is no longer what it was in her childhood.
#8 Kim Basinger
Kim Basinger was one of the famous stars in Hollywood in the 1990s. She has participated in films such as Batman (1989), Never Say Never Again (1983), L.A. Confidential (1997). Her lastest appearance is in the season 2 of 50 Shades of Gray.
#9 Cindy Crawford
Starting her career at the age of 17, Cindy Crawford, along with Naomi Campbell, Linda Evangelista and Claudia Schiffer, became the iconic supermodels of the fashion world. One of her records is to appear in more than 600 magazines, including Vogue, Elle, Allure, Harper’s Bazaar, and Marie Claire.
#10 Meg Ryan
Meg Ryan was one of the most famous Hollywood actresses in the 1990s. She was familiar with the main roles in many romantic comedies such as: When Harry met Sally, Sleepless in Seattle, French kiss, City of Angels, etc. In particular, You’ve got mail is one of the most successful films in her acting career when gained over 870 million USD worldwide.
#11 Alicia Silverstone
Alicia Silverstone is best known for her role in “Clueless”. However, the pressure of being a public person made her decide to stop acting and leave showbiz. Alicia Silverstone at the age of 19 has had beauty, fame, and money – the values that many artists want when entering Hollywood.
#12 Molly Ringwald
Molly Ringwald became a young queen of American teenagers in the mid-1980s after her breakthrough role in Sixteen Candles, one of the most iconic teen comedies of the 1980s. Her name was appearing every day in the mass media, and Molly’s image was overwhelmed in teen magazines such as Tiger Beat, Teen, etc.
#13 Pamela Anderson
Pamela Anderson is a Canadian-born model and actress. She became famous in the US after having participated as a photoshoot model for the adult magazine Playboy, and held the record for being most appeared on the cover page 14 times.
#14 Cyndi Lauper
Cyndi Lauper is a singer, songwriter, and actress who has won the Grammy Award. She started to build her reputation in the mid-1980s with her first album She’s So Unusual and became the first artist in history to have four top-five singles released on the same album. This success gave her the award for Best New Artist at the 1985 Grammy Awards.
#15 Winona Ryder
Winona Ryder was a talented beauty in the film world in the 1990s. Movie lovers who have witnessed the golden age of Winona’s career always have sympathy and nostalgia for the star. With “Beetlejuice” (1988) or “Edward Scissorhands” (1990), there was a generation of movie lovers who grew up with Winona.
#16 Demi Moore
Demi Moore was born in 1962 in the US. Joined the entertainment industry in 1981, she was once considered a teen icon in the 1980s and was one of the biggest stars in Hollywood in the 1990s.