Proof That Chloë Sevigny Is the Most Underrated Beauty Icon of Our Generation

Updated 04/22/19
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Happy birthday, Chloë Sevigny! Can you believe this human is 42 years old today?! Personally, I had to double take when I saw the number. How has she managed to look 25 years old for the past 25 years?

While the actress and style It girl has managed to age with impossible grace, her look has evolved drastically since she first appeared on the art film scene's radar in the mid-'90s. Sevigny is one of those actresses everyone recognizes—after all, her résumé features cult TV shows and films like Harmony Korine's Kids and Gummo, critically acclaimed Boys Don't Cry, and more recently, American Horror Story. 

But Sevigny isn't always at the forefront of the beauty conversation. Which, when you take a moment to reflect on her aesthetic, seems absurd. Sevigny has such a unique beauty perspective in Hollywood. She's dared to rock androgynous looks, retro hairstyles, bleached brows, and even blinding lip colors, way before any of it was cool.

So today on her birthday, we're celebrating one of the most underrated beauty icons of our era. Read on to see nine inspiring images of Chloë Sevigny throughout the years!

Man Repeller

Head-to-Toe Androgyny

The androgynous Chloë of the early '90s is one of our favorites. Few could pull off an ultra-cropped cut like her.

Opening Ceremony

Bowl Cut Made Chic

More sick '90s Chloë. Somehow she makes shimmery rust eye shadow and an actual bowl cut look fly. Re-create her eye makeup with Sigma Eye Shadow Palette in Warm Neutrals ($39).


Bleach on Bleach

Here's Chloë in 1997 on the set of Harmony Korine's Gummo, rocking ice-blond feathered hair and bleached brows to match.


Throwback Femininity

This stunning shot comes from a 2000 shoot for Interview. The classically feminine vintage hairstyle and red lip portray Chloë in a whole new light.

Dolce & Gabbana

'60s Runway

Here's our girl slaying the Dolce & Gabbana runway show in 2005, looking all '60s disco in teased blond hair and Twiggy-esque lashes. Get her spidery mascara look with Maybelline Volum' Express The Colossal Spider Effect Mascara ($7).

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Girly Meets Grunge

Flash-forward to 2010 and this grungy aesthetic. Slicked-back hair, clean skin, and an orange-red lip make this the model-off-duty look of our dreams. Copy that killer lip color with Revlon Super Lustrous Lipstick in Fire & Ice ($9).


Polished Bob

Chloë's 2012 shoot for Tomboy has her looking so chic it hurts. We love our girl in this spicy red bob.

The Red List

Relaxed Shag

In 2015, Chloë went the trendy route by rocking a cool-girl pink pout and the haircut of the year: a shoulder-length shag.


'70s Style

This year, the editors at our sister site Who What Wear caught Chloë at the Sundance Film Fest, rocking gorgeous, '70s-inspired layers. (Read the interview they did here!)

Want more edgy celebrity inspo? Next, check out the many stunning hair colors of Grimes.

Opening Image: Maarten de Boer/Getty

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