We present you 20 iconic photos of the ’90s since 90s nostalgia is at its height right now. Let’s take a trip down memory lane and look at 20 iconic photos of the ’90s. These pictures pretty perfectly summarize the decade. So keep scrolling to take a trip through time.
In the midst of an unrelenting pandemic, people are reminiscing about their childhood- the 90s. But the ’90s weren’t bland or simple. It was a time filled with unique fashion, TV shows, toys, and technology. After all, it is the culmination of all those things which make us reminisce about another time.
20 Iconic Photos of the ’90s you Need to See
1. OJ Simpson’s Trial
1995 was all about OJ Simpson and his trial. The footballer was brought to court on accusations of killing Nicole Brown, his ex-wife along with Ronald Goldman, her friend. Although he was ultimately not convicted the year-long media trial was watched by millions across the country and thus has to be one of the 20 iconic photos of the ’90s.
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2. The Y2K Belief
There was a weird belief going around in 1999 that once 2000 arrives, all computers everywhere were going to stop functioning. People thought that computers won’t be able to recognize the last two digits of 2000 (since years were counted by the last two numbers). So it would compute 1900 instead and we would face an apocalypse.
Thank God that didn’t happen and technology just continued to improve instead.
3. Titanic Mania
Titanic is not just one of the highest-grossing movies of all time but it is one of the most beloved as well. When it was originally released people went crazy for stars Kate Winslet and Leonardo di Caprio. Over time the mania has died down but the love for them remains, making the famous ‘Titanic Pose’ photo’s place in this list of 20 iconic photos of the ’90s.
4. No Cellphones Only Pagers
While pagers are mocked nowadays but back then these instruments were the most beloved mode of communication. Suffice to say that they couldn’t withstand the test of time in front of mobile phones.
5. Spice Girls and Their Outfits
February 1997 was a great time for the Spice Girls. After all their first album called “Spice” had just released and it was soon going to become a best-selling album.
The girls dressed to the nines during the Brit Awards ceremony and drew all the attention possible. Most notably the leopard-print dress of Scary Spice, as well as the Union Jack dress of Ginger Spice, became known Halloween costumes for many years.
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6. Platform Shoes
These shoes are making a comeback now but back then these were all the rage. Steve Madden and Urban Outfitters have teamed up to sell this classic again.
7. Jennifer Aniston’s ‘Rachel’ Haircut
‘Friends’ is one of those tv shows which is still regularly binged and treated as comfort TV.
During the first and second season of “Friends,” Aniston sported a hairstyle which was like a trendy shag. It had choppy layers that framed her eyes and cheeks. Soon it became a popular phenomenon. The cut which was done by Chris McMillan (hairstylist) changed his entire life as well. This one had to be one of the 20 iconic photos of the ’90s.
8. Bill Clinton’s Sex Scandal
The one enduring legacy from the 90s has to be Bill Clinton’s much-publicized sex scandal. He’s denying that he even had a relationship with intern Monica Lewinsky combined with the now infamous finger jab sealed his fate as a ridiculed man.
But Clinton did admit to the allegations after denying it. As a result, he was impeached as president.
9. Bill Clinton And The Saxophone
Nowadays this is a meme but back in the 90s when he played the instrument he was appreciated by Lionel Hampton, a renowned vibraphonist.
Back then the idea of a US president just casually playing an instrument seemed outlandish. But it was in fact true and it was thought to be very cute.
10. The Royal Love Triangle
Prince Charles, Princess Diana, and Camilla Parker-Bowles were involved in perhaps one of the sauciest love triangles of the decade. This ultimately led to Diana wearing her so-called little “revenge dress” at London’s Serpentine-Gallery party. The very same night Prince Charles, her estranged husband admitted that he had indeed cheated on his wife.
The Revenge Dress definitely without a doubt tops the list of 20 iconic photos of the ’90s.
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11. Blockbuster Video
Blockbusters are now just a memory in people’s minds but back in the 90s, it was a video-rental chain that was everywhere. There was a whole awards show called Blockbuster-Entertainment Awards back then as well.
Of course, now Blockbusters have become obsolete due to the speedy rise of various streaming services. Here’s a raised glass for a beloved friend.
12. Star Wars Returns
After a long hiatus of 16 years, Star Wars returned with “The Phantom Menace” in 1999.
The reaction was tepid but it kick-started the franchise’s gears again. The result was two sequels, two spin-off films, various animated shows, and a new trilogy years later as well. Hayden Christensen, Ewan McGregor, and Natalie Portman became household names due to this.
13. The Tamagotchi Love
The year was 1996 when digital pets called Tamagotchi began capturing public attention. These handheld pets had to be cleaned, fed, and played with to keep them satisfied and happy. The best part was that it was all digital. As with many 90s things, these devices made a comeback in July of 2019.
14. All-Star Comedy SNL Cast
The 90s era of SNL had stars like Chris Rock, Chris Farley, David Spade, and Adam Sandler. This made the comedy skit a bigger hit than it already was. These four started during the beginning of the decade in 1990-1991. But all left between 1993-1995.
Yet they are still friends in real life and share a tight bond. People will remember that Sandler’s 2019 SNL episode (which was the first in years) had an opening monologue by Rock. Also, he closed the episode with a very sweet song dedicated to the deceased Farley.
15. The Olsens
Ashley Olsen and Mary-Kate Olsen were 90s fashionistas and icons.
They became popular after starring in “Full House” and after that, they were able to make a brand out of their twinhood. Everything from TV shows and books to perfumes, TV movies, clothing lines and more had them in it. But nowadays they have pretty much vanished from the glam world.
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16. Red-Carded David Beckham
David Beckham is considered to be one of the very best footballers in the world. Back in the 90s, at the height of his popularity, he committed a mistake.
Beckham got red-carded in 1998 during a World Cup match against Argentina. This was the result of his retaliation against Diego Simeone. England lost the game and the country lost its marbles. Many blamed Beckham for this loss. People set fire to his jersey and threw darts at dartboards that had his face on it.
17. Supermodel Era
Models like Claudia Schiffer, Naomi Campbell, Elle MacPherson, Christy Turlington, Kate Moss and more found their super fame in the 90s. These years were dubbed as the era-of-the-supermodel by Vogue since it began with their cover of Cindy Crawford, Tatjana Patitz, Linda Evangelista, Naomi Campbell, and Christy Turlington.
18. Rise of Britney Spears
Britney released “Baby One More Time” her first album ever right at the beginning of 1999. With this, she officially began her rise to stardom as the teen pop sensation and queen.
19. Scarlett Johansson-Tommy Hilfiger Underwear-Lowrise Jeans Combo
New moviegoers know her as MCUs Black Widow. But she had got her big hit way before that with the 1999 movie “The Horse Whisperer”. When she was a 14-year-old kid, Johansson was a fan of Destiny’s Child. The group back in 1999 was releasing hits like “Say-My-Name”.
Also, lowrise jeans shouldn’t ever make a comeback. They are just extremely unflattering.
20. The Kardashians
Everyone seems to be tired of them now but the clan’s superstardom dates back to the 90s. Back then it was all bowl cuts, denim, and such other weirdness with them. 20 iconic photos of the ’90s list isn’t complete without the Kardashians sporting the all denim look for their Christmas card
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This trip through time must have smacked you straight to the 90s. After all seeing the current pandemic conditions, who wouldn’t want to go back and live in much simpler times when Friends was airing and The Olsens were famous.