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FROM MARILYN MONROE TO GWEN STEFANI: STYLE ICONS THEN AND NOW (PHOTOS)

In Fashion and Style on December 13, 2011 at 1:28 pm
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It seems like every day there’s a new actress starring in an indie movie (wait, wasn’t she born, like yesterday?) or model blowing up the catwalks during fashion week. In today’s celebrity and fashion-obsessed culture it has become necessary to make sure your style lexicon is up to date. But everything that you think is cool has a reference to the past–ask any designer, they’ve all been inspired by something that happened before their time. It’s important to know the genesis, because trust us, dear readers, one day you will be the ones rolling your eyes at the youngster who doesn’t know who Linda Evangelista is, or Mia Farrow was the original pixied darling. We’ve compiled a list of *some* of the new style-setters and you can tell us, did we leave anyone out?

Marilyn Monroe In 1950, Gwen Stefani In 2007
With Their Bleach Blond Hair And Red Lips, Marilyn Monroe And Gwen Stefani Personify Hollywood Glamour. 
Sophia Loren In 1954, Sofia Vergara In 2011
These Hollywood sirens love to show off their shape in curve-hugging dresses. Italian actress Loren is best known for her Academy Award winning turn in “Two Women” in 1962, while Vergara is a Columbian actress who has garnered international attention for her role as the sassy and sexy housewife in “Modern Family”.
Mia Farrow In 1966, Michelle Williams In 2011
Each of these gamine actresses has popularized the pixie haircut in their time.
Angelina Jolie In 2005, Model Lindsey Wixon In 2011
Both of these beauties were taunted in high school for their otherworldly looks. Jolie, mother of six and partner of Brad, has experienced incredible professional success. Wixon, the Kansas-born model, was rejected from ING modeling agency in 2008, but went on to become the face of Miu Miu and John Galliano in 2010.
Beverly Johnson In 1977, Joan Smalls In 2010
Beverly Johnson was the first black model to be on the cover of Vogue in 1974. Puerto Rican model Joan Smalls made her breakthrough walking the spring Givenchy Couture show in 2010.
Alek Wek In 2003, Ajak In 2011
Wek, a Sudanese model who fled the war-torn country for Britain in 1991, was the first African model to be on the cover of Elle, in 1997. Ajak is also a Sudanese refugee and has appeared in the pages of Italian Vogue and Love magazine.
Nadja Auermann In 2004, Anja Rubik In 2011
The German born Auermann is best known for her iconic Versace ads with the likes of Claudia Schiffer and Christy Turlington, shot by Richard Avedon in 1993. Rubik, a native of Poland, became the face of Oscar de la Renta in 2008.
Iman In 1989, Sessilee Lopez In 2011
Iman, the Somali-American model, actress and entrepreneur, started her own cosmetics line in 1994 focused on difficult-to-find shades for ethnic women. American model Sessilee Lopez has been in the pages of countless magazines, including Harper’s Bazaar, Vogue and Elle.
Brooke Shields In 1981, Hilary Rhoda In 2011
Child star Brooke Shields became well-known for her Calvin Klein ads, relationship with Michael Jackson and those bushy eyebrows. Hilary Rhoda signed with ING models in 2005 and has been the face of Estee Lauder since 2008.
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