Who Was the Beauty Icon the Year You Were Born?

Updated 04/29/19

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!

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1975

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.

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1976

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.

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1977

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

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1978

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

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1979

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.

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1980

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.

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1981

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

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1982

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

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1983

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

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1984

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.

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1985

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

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1986

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

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1987

I think we can all agree The Bangles' lead singer Susanna Hoffs had the coolest curls in Hollywood.

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1988

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

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1989

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

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1990

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

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1991

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

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1992

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

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1993

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.

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1994

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

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1995

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

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1996

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

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1997

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

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1998

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

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1999

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

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2000

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

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2001

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.

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2002

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

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2003

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

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2004

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

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2005

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

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2006

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

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2007

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

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2008

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).

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2009

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.

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2010

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

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2011

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.

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2012

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!

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2013

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

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2014

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

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2015

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. 

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2016

The reign of this It girl isn't over yet: This year, 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 heavy lid.

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