The 9 Most Iconic American Beauties Of All Time

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Thick hair. Healthy, athletic bodies. Strong brows. Though it has evolved over the years, the classic, All-American look—think: Lauren Hutton, Cindy Crawford, and Brooke Shields—never fails to delight.

Check out these treasured American beauties. We may have been eliminated from the World Cup, but we still have our beloved icons! 

Lauren Hutton

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The actress and model won the world over with her gap-toothed smile and insane cheekbones, and landed the cover of Vogue only about 30 times in the course of her career—no biggie. 

Ali MacGraw

Ali MacGraw

We will forever associate pin-straight, center-parted hair and defined brows with Ali MacGraw and her heartbreaking Love Story role.

Brooke Shields

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Brooke Shields popularized thick, strong eyebrows on a scale that eyebrows are still being compared to today. She basically remains the gold standard for the ‘80s beauty trifecta of full lips, bold brows, and big hair. 

Farrah Fawcett

Farrah Fawcett
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With her feathered blonde waves, perpetual tan, and always happily flashing that pearly white smile, the Charlie’s Angels star embodied what we think of today as the quintessential, California, girl-next-door look. 

Jackie O

Jackie Kennedy
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One of the chicest First Ladies to ever hold the title in this country, Jackie O. defined what it meant to have class and style (and really big sunglasses) as a modern American woman. 

Cindy Crawford

Cindy Crawford

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Cindy Crawford singlehandedly spawned an obsession with beauty marks and was a poster child for healthy, athletic bodies everywhere. We can’t think of her without seeing the image of her infamous Pepsi ad—Crawford in a white bodysuit and denim cut-offs, holding a red, white, and blue, soda can with super full, ‘90’s music video hair. It doesn’t get much more American than that!

Stephanie Seymour

Stephanie Seymour
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Two words: November Rain. The striking model and actress ran with the ‘90s supermodel pack—with pals like Claudia Schiffer and Naomi Campbell—and starred in Gun N’ Roses’ epic music video for “November Rain” as Axl Rose’s real-life love, with a lot of really big hair. 


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From her flawless looks, music mogul status, and all-around superwoman lifestyle, Beyoncé has become an American icon of mammoth proportions. She has taught women to own to their curves, embrace their feminism, and live with such confidence and fearlessness that others "bow down," symbolically speaking, of course. The Texas-born superstar's music is empowering, fun, and a cultural hallmark of America, right along with her insanely good hair.

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