The 90’s were a time of ridiculous slang, great music, raunchy politics, sports legends, legendary fashion, “must-see-TV”, film masterpieces, the books, the breakups, the hook ups, and the fads (!). But there’s still one thing we need to mention, the women of the 90’s. The leading ladies in films and TV shows. The women who left their stamp on all the trends that have died out since. Their mark on the fashion world as we know it now is something that we still can’t ever forget. We rounded up the iconic 90’s women who still hold a place in our hearts and definitely in our closets, take a look at what they’re up to now.
The English actress and model was 29 when she was offered her first modeling job for Estée Lauder. In 1997 she received her first, and only, acting award for her performance in the brilliantly funny Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery. Currently she stars in the hit drama series “The Royals,” playing the role of Queen Helena.
Hurley is also very active in Estée Lauder’s Breast Cancer Awareness Campaign. The company even created a new color in honor of both breast cancer and Elizabeth’s dedication, “Elizabeth Pink.”
Alicia actually made her film debut in The Crush, earning the 1994 MTV Movie Award for Best Breakthrough Performance. Not long after, she became a huge teen idol when she starred in three Aerosmith music videos, her fashion in these videos inspired women all over the globe to emulate, scrunchies were the coolest thing (that’s one fad we’re glad is gone now).
Then of course, she starred in the hit film Clueless and Batman & Robin. Moreover she is also a huge animal rights and environmental activist, along with a vegan.
We couldn’t talk about the 90s and not mention Alyson Hannigan. Her portrayal as lovable, geeky, beautiful, kind, powerful witch Willow Rosenberg in Buffy the Vampire Slayer is still an iconic role to this day. Plus her innocent, naive fashion sense is one all of us nerdy girls appreciated seeing on TV. It was this role that got her the gig as Michelle Flaherty in the American Pie film series.
Most recently she starred as Lily Aldrin on the sitcom How I Met Your Mother. Whatever the role, she has gone above and beyond and we all love her for it.
Alyssa Milano is muh girl. She started off her career at just age seven and by total chance, her babysitter took her to an audition without telling her parents and boy was that a good choice. Milano is best known for her roles in Who’s the Boss?, Melrose Place, Charmed and Mistresses.
As if she couldn’t get more perfect, she’s also a massive humanitarian. We watched as her fashion sense went from 90’s “oh my” to the trend setting style that it is today.
Amy Jo Johnson
Amy Jo Johnson first came to prominence in the early 90’s as part of the original Mighty Morphin Power Rangers. After she left the show, and her pink leotard, she had several parts before landing a leading role in Felicity. Later on, she landed main roles in The Division and Flashpoint, as well as recurring and guest roles on numerous other shows.
Before we forget, she’s also a singer-songwriter and has released three albums to date. Her three albums are, The Trans-American Treatment (2001), Imperfect (2005) and Never Broken (2013).
Christina Applegate’s iconic role as Kelly Bundy from Married… with Children launched her career to the success it is now. Plus her sultry fashion sense as Kelly Bundy was pretty iconic to say the least. Her extensive film and TV career helped her win an Emmy and earn Tony and Golden Globe nominations. Furthermore her iconic films include Alvin and the Chipmunks film series, Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy, Hallpass, and Bad Moms just to name a few.
In 2008, she was diagnosed with breast cancer and a few short months later, she underwent a double mastectomy and has been cancer free since.
Christina Ricci’s career really started when she was cast as Wednesday Addams and Casper’s teen friend in the awesome movie. She portrayed the role of a goth teen perfectly, what with her dark wardrobe and all. As an adult, she has kept a rather steady career, appearing in film and TV, although her goth fashion sense seems to have played an influence even now.
In 2006, Ricci was a guest star on the hit drama Grey’s Anatomy, she portrayed a paramedic and was even nominated for an Emmy Award for the role.
Dana Scully, you are forever everyone’s ultimate bad a** scientist, FBI Agent and pant suit extraordinaire. The producer of The X-Files, Chris Carter, fought to ensure that Anderson play the lead role of Dana because for the first time in what seemed like a long time, they needed a strong, independent, intelligent woman. While other members wanted a woman with more sex appeal at the time, Anderson came out of top and it is a win richly deserved.
Since then, Anderson has won a Primetime Emmy Award, a Golden Globe Award and two Screen Actors Guild Awards; and she has gone on to land many leading roles in TV shows and films. Plus she’s highly active in charities and humanitarian organizations – the woman is perfect.
Gwen was pretty huge in the music world alongside her band No Doubt, what with their pop-punk music and braces. Plus the hair and the horrific fashion sense, earned her popularity with the youngins’. Stefani has in fact won three Grammy Awards.
Furthermore, as a solo artist, she earned an American Music Award, Brit Award, World Music Award and two Billboard Music Awards. Currently, she has her own fashion line.
Welsh actress Catherine Zeta-Jones has achieved a lot in her career, including an Academy Award, a British Academy Film Award and a Tony Award. Furthermore her numerous humanitarian endeavors have garnered tons of attention.
She is married to fellow Hollywood actor, Michael Douglas and the couple has two children together. At the end of the day, we will remember her for her epic role in “The Mask of Zorro”.
Janet is of course the second most famous family member from the Jackson family, she’s got many awesome hits under her name and is ranked as one of the best-selling artists in the history of contemporary music. Did we mention she’s a five-time Grammy winner and just gave birth to her son at the start of 2017 with Wissam Al Mana, her husband.
Aside from her very successful music career, Jackson also appeared in a number of movies like, Poetic Justice (1993), For Colored Girls (2010) and Why Did I Get Married Too (2013).
Currently Jenna Jameson is a rockin’ businesswoman. Back in the 90’s though, she was known as the most successful porn star. During her career as a pornographic actress, she helped to co-found an Internet Pornography Company called ClubJenna in 2000. Her sense of style was definitely a questionable one for an average, everyday mama bear, to say the least.
Today she is partnered up with Israeli businessman, Lior Bitton and has been since 2015. The “Queen of Porn” announced in 2008 that she was retiring from the porn industry, to the disappointment of many fans.
Garth will always be remembered for her roles as Kelly Taylor throughout the Beverly Hills, 90210 franchise and as Valerie Tyler on What I Like About You. Since then, she’s starred in a few films and TV shows. In 2007, she was on Dancing with the Stars: season five, paired with Derek Hough.
Garth and her partner reached the semi-finals in the competition. Her entire wardrobe during the show was one we’d all kill for on a girl’s night out, let’s admit it.
She started off her career as a vocalist in musical productions until she was cast as Mary Camden in the loved family-drama series 7th Heaven, for which she achieved incredible recognition. Then in 1997, she went on to win the Young Artist Award for Best Performance in a Feature Film – Supporting Young Actress for her role in Ulee’s Gold.
She prefers starring in independent films now and is also married to Justin Timberlake, with whom she has a son with, Silas. What a perfect pair of celebrities to get hitched!
Keri’s claim to fame was her portrayal of Felicity Porter on the series Felicity, for which she won a Golden Globe Award. Before that, you may remember her from All-New Mickey Mouse Club. Since then she has gone on to star in many films including Mission: Impossible III, Waitress, August Rush, Dawn of the Planet of the Apes, and Free State of Jones.
Currently she stars on the hit TV show The Americans, portraying a KGB agent Elizabeth Jennings, a role that she has received a Primetime Emmy Award and a Golden Globe nomination. She’s also dating her American’s costar and the two had a daughter last May.
Lucy Lawless (what a name, come on) received an immense amount of attention and became an international celebrity for role of Xena: Warrior Princess. After the show ended, she went on to star in some pretty awesome television shows like Spartacus, Parks and Recreation and MARVEL’s Agents of Shield, plus countless more.
Today the 49-year-old New Zealander plays “Ruby” in the fantasy/comedy-horror TV series called Ash vs. the Evil Dead. If you’re looking for a twisted yet hilarious show to watch, this is your best bet.
In the late 90s, Mandy Moore graced us with her soothing vocals with the release of album, So Real. Since 2009, Moore has sold mover 10 million albums worldwide. Outside of singing, she’s an acting Goddess. Her film debuts were Dr. Dolittle 2 and The Princess Diaries.
Her first starring role was that of our dear Jamie Sullivan in A Walk to Remember. In 2016, she began starring as Rebecca Pearson in the NBC family comedy-drama series This Is Us, earning a Golden Globe Award nomination.
Michelle’s feature film debut was actually in Lassie, which earned her a Youth in Film nomination. She then went on to gain wider recognition for her role as Jen Lindley on the series Dawson’s Creek. Since then, her role in Brokeback Mountain earned her a Broadcast Film Critics Association Award and nominations for the SAG Award, BAFTA Award, Golden Globe, and Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress. Her work after that in Blue Valentine earned her nominations for the Golden Globe Award and the Academy Award for Best Actress.
She won a Golden Globe and an Independent Spirit Award for her portrayal of Marilyn Monroe in My Week with Marilyn, which also earned her BAFTA, SAG, and Academy Award nominations. In 2004, she started dating the late Heath Ledger and this beautiful couple had a daughter together.
Sarah Michelle Geller
Sarah Michelle Geller, I adore you and your strong, witty, admirable, kick a** leading lady roles. Geller’s first leading role was in Swans Crossing, for which she was nominated for two Young Artist Awards. Then Gellar’s TV breakthrough was on the soap opera All My Children, winning the 1995 Daytime Emmy Award for Outstanding Younger Actress in a Drama Series. It wasn’t long after that she secured the role of Buffy Summers in the legendary series Buffy the Vampire Slayer. Buffy earned her five Teen Choice Awards, a Saturn Award and a Golden Globe Award nomination.
Buffy goes down as one of the 100 greatest female characters in U.S. television and rightly so. After Buffy, she starred in many shows and films, married Freddie Prinze Jr, had two awesome kids, and launched Foodstirs, a food crafting brand and e-commerce startup that sells baking kits for children. ~WE LOVE YOU FOREVER~
Of course Stacey makes the list! Stacey caught a big break with the 1995 teen film Clueless. She played Cher’s high school best friend Dionne Davenport, although Dash was twenty-eight years old at the time.
Currently she is a co-host on Fox News Channel talk show Outnumbered. You can also catch her in The Dawn, a movie released in 2018 where she plays “Sister Ella”.
Tatyana Ali is an actress, model and R&B singer, who is best known for her role as Ashley Banks from The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air. She has starred in numerous television shows and films but what’s more impressive is that she attended Harvard University.
She received a bachelor’s degree in African-American studies and government in 2002. But it was her taking part in Disney that she feels made her a role model – “Being on Disney, a lot of young people look up to me.”
Does she need an introduction? Really? Fine. Thiessen is best known for starring as Kelly Kapowski on the hit show Saved by the Bell and as Valerie Malone on Beverly Hills, 90210, both roles were met with great success.
Since then she has gone on to star in a few films and television shows; since 2015, she began hosting her own show on the Cooking Channel called “Dinner at Tiffani’s”.
Ahh, Tori Spelling. Her first major role was that of Donna Martin on Beverly Hills, 90210, which was produced by her father, Aaron. After that she starred in a string of television shows and films.
Recently Spelling’s autobiography, Stori Telling, went on to debut at the top of the New York Times Best Seller list and was also named the best celebrity autobiography of 2009.
Her name is practically synonymous with all things 90s related. She made her debut in Tim Burton’s Beetlejuice and from there, she starred in Edward Scissorhands, Little Women, The Age of Innocence and Alien: Resurrection to name a few.
In 2000, she received her own star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, honoring her legacy in the film industry. Today she plays the role of “Joyce” in the hit series Stranger Things.
Yasmine’s career was launched to total stardom when she starred in the 90s hit show, Baywatch, she was everyone’s favorite leading lady. Aside from Baywatch, she was in the cast of the show One Life To Live and of course that one episode with Chandler Bing (Matthew Perry) in Friends.
She hasn’t been acting in much lately and at 48 years of age, she is a recovering drug addict, something she takes rather seriously. We miss her!
It’s Britney B***h! This 90’s pop diva found her fame thanks to 1999’s #1 album, “Baby One More Time.” Her second album, “Oops I did it again!”, was immediately an international success. However, due to personal issues in 2007, Britney had to take some time off.
During this “gap” period, Britney fans were left hopeless wondering if Britney would ever return. And the answer? Yes of course she did! Come on it’s Britney Spears, she will never disappear from the bigger picture.
Ah yes, Victoria Beckham aka “Posh Spice” aka England’s hottest model. In addition to her idolized chicness, Victoria currently runs a successful high-end fashion label and is married to the soccer (football) idol, also the hottest man ever, Mr. David Beckham.
Together the Beckham’s have created an absolutely gorgeous family, one being more good-looking then the next. Did we mention their very creative selection of baby names?
Mexican-American film actress, film producer, and model. Looks like Salma’s has it all! Salma’s acclaimed role as iconic Mexican painter,Frida Kahlo, granted her much recognition in 2002.
After that, Salma continued acting, becoming one of Hollywood’s best actresses and starring in some of the most renowned movie titles. Recently, Salma tested her vocal talents for an animated Dreamworks film “Puss in Boots.”
Jennifer Love Hewitt
Jennifer Love Hewitt, an America actress, songwriter, singer, and television director. Her career began from her role in a Disney channel series, Kids Incorporated.
After that, Jennifer hit the jackpot, starring in the 90’s hit drama series Party of Five. She is married to actor, Brian Hallisay, and they have two kids together.
Demi Moore, an American actress, model, and former songwriter. When Demi was 16 years old, she dropped out of high school to purse a career in modeling. Her hit films “Indecent Proposal” and “A Few Good Men” allowed her to become the highest paying actress in the mid 90’s.
With the critical acclaim of Ghost , Moore had more film offers for 1991, but these were not as successful as some of her previous roles. On September 24th, 2005 her and Ashton Kutcher tied the knot, but in 2011 the two split.
Christina Aguilera, the American singer, songwriter, and a television personality got her fame thanks to Disney. Oh yeah, she actually recorded the theme song for Disney’s Mulan ! And who can forget her 1999 hit single “Genie in a bottle.”
Christina is now a judge on American TV show “The Voice” so she’s not leaving Hollywood just yet. She has been with her partner, Matthew Rutler since 2010.
With over 85 million records sold, there’s no doubt that Shania Twain is the best-selling country music artist in history! You go girl! Her fame skyrocketed instantly thanks to the 90’s hit “Don’t be Stupid.”
Sadly in 2015, Shania hit the road for one last farewell tour. She’ll always be Canada’s favorite singer and songwriter and there’s a perfectly good reason for that!
Kelly Packard, former “Baywatch” babe and “California Dreams” star, was the fresh-faced blonde 90’s girl that made all of the boys “goo goo gaa gaa”. So now what is Kelly doing? Well, she went on to host “Ripley’s Believe it or Not,” and then in 2008 she hosted a small segment on the Game Show Network.
Packard said goodbye to acting in 2010. Currently Packard is a Mormon, married to the same wonderful man 15 years, with whom she has four children with.
You haven’t experienced the 90’s to its fullest potential, if you don’t know who The Spice Girls are. The Spice Girls, an all-female English pop group, was formed in 1994 and consisted of 4 lovely women – Melanie Brown, Melanie Chisholm, Emma Bunton, Geri Halliwell and Victoria Beckham – all of which had nicknames that ended in “Spice”.
Their biggest international hit was the infamous “Wanna Be!” Now that’s a classic right there. I can’t imagine any 90s child not remembering that song!
Aunt Becky! She is truly one of my top 3 favorite 90’s stars. I mean, Aunt Becky and Uncle Jesse, which couple didn’t dream of being exactly like them? Anyways, there is more to Loughlin then her role as Aunt Becky on “Full House”. The American actress and model started her career as a print and commercial model.
Her offer to star in “Full House” led to her big break, her fame in Hollywood. Even after the series ended, Lori continued acting making guest appearances on various shows on NBC, ABC, etc.
Witty, unfiltered, and mischievously fun, Jenny McCarthy, made a name for herself back in the early 90’s as the co-host of TRL’s hit show “Singled Out”. From 1997-1998 McCarthy starred in the sketch comedy show “The Jenny McCarthy Show” and the scripted series “Jenny”.
Furthermore the American actress, comedian, actor, model and a television host is now a mother to her son Evan. She also has focused much of her attentions to educating parents to be aware of the damaging links between vaccines and autism.
As the daughter of Aerosmith’s lead singer Steven Tyler, you have no choice but to live life as a rockstar. The former child model and actress made her mark in the early 90’s. Liv starred in many of Aerosmith’s (her father’s) music videos. Her role in “The Lord of the Rings” movie gave her a lot recognition as well.
Liv is still a rockstar in Hollywood, appearing in the acclaimed HBO drama series “The Leftovers”. To sum it up, Liv Tyler is and will always be a rockstar.
Natalie Portman, Israeli/American actress, producer, and director made her feature film debut in 1994 for her role in Léon: The Professional. While her passion for acting continued to flourish year by year, she didn’t let it get in the way of her education, as she also graduated from Harvard University; yes she is one smart and talented lady.
In 2010 she starred in the psychological thriller The Black Swan, which of course was a box office hit. If you haven’t seen it yet, you should.
American actress and model, Cynthia Ann Crawford aka Cindy Crawford. Her golden era of modeling launched numerous opportunities in Hollywood, and eventually internationally. In 1991 she starred in a “Pepsi” commercial and bam, the rest is history!
She now owns a home furniture/decor line. A lady of many talents, if I must say so myself. She has an interesting outlook on life and even said herself, “Even I don’t wake up looking like Cindy Crawford.”
Reese Witherspoon, one of Hollywood’s most enchanting, as well as highest paid actresses today. Furtheremore Reese is truly a Southern Belle. Her infectious laugh and smile has been attracting audiences (worldwide) since her childhood days. When it comes to the big screen, Reese is known to play the funny, fascinating, lovable, and bold character in many films.
Popular for her role as Elle Woods in the successful Legally Blonde movie led into an Oscar-winning role in Walk the Line. Reese Witherspoon is definitely a Hollywood icon young girls can look up to.
Meet the French actress who has appeared in over 110 films ever since her debut back in 1971. Although it wasn’t until 2016 that Huppert received international acclaim for her work in Elle, for which she earned a Golden Globe Award, an Independent Spirit Award, and a nomination for the Academy Award for Best Actress.
She is the most nominated actress for the Molière Award. She has been nominated a record 7 times for the award! We doubt she has much competition in that arena.
Since the early 90’s, Julianne Moore has gone on to star in many wonderful flicks and has received many accolades. With films like Boogie Nights, The Big Lebowski, Magnolia, and Hannibal, to name a few, under her belt – there’s no doubt that her talent will exist for years to come.
Her 2014 film, Still Alice, was an emotional rollercoaster about a woman who suffers with the onset of Alzheimer’s. Her flawless performance brought her an incredible 23 awards!
Australian actress and musician, Toni Collette, makes the list. Some of her most brilliant film works include Spotswood, Muriel’s Wedding, The Sixth Sense, and Little Miss Sunshine to name a few.
Recently Collette returned to Broadway, appearing in Will Eno’s The Realistic Joneses. She has been married to Dave Galafassi since 2003 and they have two children.
Of course Sigourney Weaver, the brilliant actress and film producer is on our list! Actually it was her role as Ellen Ripley in Alien that got everyone’s attention! From there, she starred in Ghostbusters, Avatar, and The Ice Storm.
So “the Sci-Fi Queen” has appeared in quite a few science-fiction films in her career, hence the nickname. In 2013, she returned to Broadway.
First of all, Emma Thompson is brilliant! Not only is she a British actress, but she’s also an activist, author, comedienne, and screenwriter. During the early 90’s she frequently worked with her then husband, the actor and director Kenneth Branagh – together they created many perfect hits.
Thompson’s most recent work was in the 2017 film Beauty and the Beast. Apart from the movies. Thompson is a human rights and environment activist.
Can I just say that personally I adore Sandra Bullock?! But then again, who doesn’t? Before Bullock became the brilliant actress, producer, and philanthropist that we all know and love, she started out small. Appearing on the Bionic Showdown: The Six Million Dollar Man and the Bionic Woman film and the TV show Working Girl.
However those two roles totally opened up many doors for our girl Sandra and the rest is history. You can look forward to two of her movies coming out – Ocean’s 8 and Bird Box.
After Julia Roberts stole the show in the romantic comedy Pretty Woman, it was clear to everyone around Hollywood that she was here to stay. With three Golden Globe Award wins and four Academy Award nominations with one win, Roberts is undeniably talented.
There’s no need for us to list some of her most famous films, no doubt you’ve watched them a dozen times! Okay, okay – let’s name my favorite two: Erin Brockovich and Runaway Bride.
Yup, the star of the hilarious and lovable When Harry Met Sally… flick is up next. Throughout the 90’s and early 2000’s, Meg Ryan was one of the most successful actresses, appearing in hit film after hit film.
Since 2015, Ryan has been in the director’s chair. She got divorced from Dennis Quaid whom she was married to for 10 years. They have two children together.
Jennifer Aniston, the actress, producer, and businesswoman, really doesn’t require an introduction. After her performance as Rachel Green on the greatest sitcom known to man, Friends, Aniston has starred in many hit films.
Recently it was rumored that she was going to take part in a Friends movie reunion, but that was just a hoax unfortunately. Did you know that she was rated FHM’s sexiest woman of all time?
1978 was when Michelle Pfeiffer hit the big screen, after Grease 2, she appeared in Scarface and boom! A star was born. Aside from acting, Pfeiffer is also a singer and producer.
In 2017 she received her first ever Emmy Award nomination for her role in the film, The Wizard of Lies. You can look out for Pfeiffer in Marvel’s Ant-Man and the Wasp in July 2018.
Locklear will always be the girl from Melrose Place, for which she received four consecutive Golden Globe nominations for Best Actress – Television Series Drama. Then again, her other notable TV roles include Dynasty, T.J. Hooker, and Spin City, for which she earned a further two Golden Globe nominations for Best Actress – Television Series Musical or Comedy.
She also went on to star in some pretty great films but we won’t list them all, otherwise we’d run out of room. Although there has been a noise about her well-being, her publicist confirmed that she is fine.
Ahh yes, the actress, singer, and former fashion model is up next. Throughout the 70’s and 80’s, Basinger was fantastic, however she took some time off to focus on being a mother. Then in 1997, after a three-year hiatus, Basinger made a comeback in Curtis Hanson’s L.A. Confidential, for which she won an Academy Award and the Golden Globe and Screen Actor’s Guild Award.
Basinger isn’t just about being in front of the cameras, she is also an animal rights activist. Her work for the world goes far beyond the lights and cameras.