Who Was the Beauty Icon the Year You Were Born?

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As beauty editors, we're in the business of keeping tabs on the next industry It girls and reporting on what makes their styles so iconic. What is Gigi Hadid's secret for the perfect brow? How does Lily Collins get her rosebud pout so enviably pretty? What is Kylie Jenner's latest beauty endeavor? And whose rituals will we be jonesing for next year?

But the Hadids and the Jenners weren't always the world's foremost beauty icons, and their no-makeup makeup looks and liquid lips weren't always the most coveted trends. Remember when Winona Ryder's pixie cut was everything? What about Kate Winslet's porcelain complexion? Or Brooke Shields's legendary brows? 

To remind ourselves of the decades' greatest beauty icons, we put together this list of the girls who ruled the beauty scene every year since 1975.

Which celebrity was the beauty It girl the year you were born? Keep scrolling to find out!

1975: Pam Grier

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A year after Foxy Brown premiered, the film's star, Pam Grier, was the girl about town. Her stunning Afro and eyeliner flick were as alluring and bold as her character.

1976: Farrah Fawcett

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Yes, 1976 was a big year for Farrah Fawcett. Charlie’s Angels premiered, her iconic pinup image was printed, and her feathered blowout became world-famous.

1977: Jacqueline Bisset

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English actress Jacqueline Bisset made every girl in 1977 want to dye her hair chocolate brown and coat her eyes in a pouty charcoal liner.

1978: Olivia Newton-John

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The year that Grease hit theaters, Olivia Newton-John's bright blond hair and colorful eye makeup made people around the world swoon.

1979: Christie Brinkley

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After Christie Brinkley debuted her first Sports Illustrated swimsuit cover in 1979, women raced to hairstylists and makeup counters to re-create her bombshell look.

1980: Brooke Shields

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This year saw Brooke Shields the youngest model to grace the cover of Vogue. It also began her controversial campaign with Calvin Klein. Through it all, her brows killed.

1981: Grace Jones

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Grace Jones's avant-garde hair and makeup were everything in the early '80s.

1982: Meryl Streep

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A fresh-faced Meryl Streep won her first Academy Award this year for Sophie's Choice.

1983: Carrie Fisher

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The year Return of the Jedi premiered, Princess Leia's iconic braid, sultry makeup, and gold bikini made Carrie Fisher a beauty superstar.

1984: Molly Ringwald

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Sixteen Candles, the first of John Hughes's power trilogy of Molly Ringwald films, earned the star's pouty lips and shock of red hair icon status.

1985: Heather Locklear

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With her stunning blond layers and big blue eyes, Heather Locklear was the '80s incarnation of Farrah Fawcett.

1986: Elle Macpherson

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The first of five Sports Illustrated swimsuit covers featuring Elle Macpherson launched this year. That hair! That smile! Those legs!

1988: Cindy Crawford

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In 1988, Cindy Crawford and her unmistakable beauty mark graced major magazine covers like from Vogue to Playboy to Cosmopolitan.

1989: Winona Ryder

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Winona Ryder's androgynous pixie continues to inspire us 27 years later.

1990: Madonna

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Madonna's legendary "Vogue" music video made women everywhere want to look like a '90s pinup.

1991: Naomi Campbell

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Gracing every major magazine cover in the industry, Naomi Campbell was the model to be in 1991.

1992: Tori Amos

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Tori Amos's fiery red curls were the coolest thing about 1992.

1993: Whitney Houston

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Whitney Houston's star status exploded in 1993 ("I Will Always Love You" was the #1 song by far). Her stunning curls and million-dollar smile didn't hurt.

1994: Kate Moss

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Kate Moss pioneered the grunge-chic look of the '90s.

1995: Jennifer Aniston

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A year after Friends premiered, every woman in the world either had or wanted "the Rachel," thanks to Jennifer Aniston's iconic tresses.

1996: Mariah Carey

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Mariah Carey's brows and 90s brown lip liner, though. Classic. 

1997: Kate Winslet

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Titanic premiered, and suddenly women everywhere wanted Kate Winslet's mahogany hair and porcelain skin.

1998: Meg Ryan

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City of Angels, You've Got Mail, and that one-of-a-kind haircut made Meg Ryan 1998's muse.

1999: Gwyneth Paltrow

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Who could forget this Oscar look from when Gwyneth Paltrow won for Shakespeare in Love? Breathtaking.

2000: Cameron Diaz

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Who didn't want to be Charlie’s Angels star, Cameron Diaz?

2001: Jennifer Lopez

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Jennifer Lopez is a beauty icon every year, but 2001 marked her "I'm Real" video, where her beauty look was #goals before #goals was even a thing.

2002: Avril Lavigne

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Avril Lavigne's "Complicated" dropped in 2002, instantly driving black eyeliner sales way up. 

2003: Kate Hudson

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Back in 2003, How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days made every girl want long blond waves and glowy skin like Kate Hudson.

2004: Lindsay Lohan

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The year of Meal Girls Who wasn't obsessed with Lindsay Lohan's voluminous hair, freckles, and super bronzy skin?

2005: Keira Knightley

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Keira Knightley's mid-2000s smoky eye game was so strong.

2006: Michelle Williams

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The dazzlingly romantic makeup and hair from the 2006 Oscars made the world fall in love with Michelle Williams.

2007: Rihanna

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Ever since the release of her third album, Good Girl Gone Bad, we've counted on Rihanna for unexpected beauty inspiration. 

2008: Lauren Conrad

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For Lauren Conrad, 2008 was the year of transitions, as she chose to leave the drama of The Hills to pursue other ventures (like her flawless cat-eye technique).

2009: Zooey Deschanel

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Zooey Deschanel's lead role in (500) Days of Summer thoroughly convinced us of two things: One, it was time to bring out the false lashes again. Two, bangs were back.

2010: Gisele Bündchen

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Gisele Bündchen was not only the highest-paid supermodel in the world in 2010, but she was also the woman who single-handedly inspired us to head straight to the salon and ask for beachy blond highlights.

2011: Emma Stone

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Emma Stone, the funny girl close to our hearts, had a breakout year in 2011. We're still captivated by her talent, poise, and ability to pull off any hair color flawlessly.

2012: Jennifer Lawrence

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Jennifer Lawrence won an Academy Award this year for her work in Silver Linings Playbook. This was the same year she made her debut as badass Katniss Everdeen in The Hunger Games. These films are as amazing as her red carpet beauty game. Braids and smoked-out eye shadow FTW!

2013: Cara Delevingne

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Yes, 2013 will go down in history as the year the world became obsessed with Cara Delevingne’s eyebrows

2014: Ariana Grande

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In 2014, Ariana Grande gifted the world with her album My Everything (and her equally dreamy signature ponytail).

2015: Zoë Kravitz

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Can this girl get any cooler? The year 2015 introduced us to Zoë Kravitz through her roles in the Divergent series and Mad Max: Fury Road. We can't not praise her edgy-yet-glamorous hair and makeup. 

2016: Bella Hadid

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The reign of this It girl isn't over yet: In 2016, Bella Hadid accepted a Model of the Year Award, appeared on a slew of high-profile magazine covers, and convinced us of the powers of a slick center part and a heavy lid.

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