40 Women From The 90's Everyone Had A Crush On

May 05, 2021Thato

Before smartphones and Instagram, there were magazine covers and full-page spreads. Back when you used to have posters of your favorite celebs hanging on your walls. That was when these celebrities were regarded as Hollywood royalty. Since then, a lot has happened, but we can't forget just how much we were crushing on these beautiful women. So, let's take a trip down memory lane and look at some of the most beautiful women from the '90s.

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Pamela Anderson - Then and Now

Pamela Anderson was the original 'blond bombshell.' Anderson started as a Playmate for Playboy, but it wasn't until she landed a role on Baywatch that she started gaining recognition. Unfortunately for Anderson, once Baywatch ended, so did her time in the limelight. Nowadays, the actress is primarily involved in reality tv shows such as Dancing With The Stars while also being an animal rights activist.

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Teri Hatcher - Then and Now

Teri Hatcher gained recognition when she played Lois Lane in the show The New Adventures of Superman. The show was launched in 1993, and it catapulted Hatcher to superstardom and into the hearts of millions of Americans. The actress later appeared in the James Bond classic Tomorrow Never Dies and then Desperate Housewives.

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Jeri Ryan - Then and Now

Jeri Ryan's appearance on Star Trek: Voyager solidified her place as a '90s bombshell. The x-factor she showed on the Star Trek franchise has never been replicated, which is why she was recently cast to reprise the role of Seven in Amazon Prime's Star Trek: Picard, almost 20 years since she first took up the part.

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Katie Holmes - Then and Now

Katie Holmes first made her debut in Hollywood in the 1997 film The Ice Storm. But it wasn't until she appeared on Dawson's Creek that she began to make a name for herself. Holmes later appeared in Batman Begins, Brahms: The Boy II, and The Secret: Dare to Dream. The actress also famously married Tom Cruise in 2006, before the couple decided to end things in 2012.

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Jennifer Aniston - Then and Now

Jeniffer Aniston was once regarded as the most attractive woman in the world, and you can see why. When the actress first hit the screen in the era-defining TV show Friends, the whole world immediately fell in love with her. Since then, Aniston has enjoyed a memorable career, and she shows no signs of slowing down.

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Marina Sirtis - Then and Now

If Jeri Ryan is the most attractive woman in the Star Trek franchise, Marina Sirtis is a close second. The actress's role of Counsellor Deanna Troi captivated the heart of sci-fi fans everywhere. And her famous uniforms certainly helped land her a spot in bedroom walls of more than a few teenage bedrooms. Recently, they cast Sirtis in Amazon Prime's Star Trek: Picard.

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Lisa Bonet - Then and Now

Lisa Bonet on The Cosby Show was a moment in time. The actress's popularity skyrocketed once they gave her the role of Denise Huxtable. Bonet's charisma and beauty made her one of the most sought-after actors in Hollywood. Today, Bonet is married to actor Jason Momoa, and the two have a lovely family together. She was also married to Lenny Kravitz, and the pair are still quite close.

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Michelle Williams - Then and Now

Michelle Williams' first breakout role came on the hit '90s show Dawson's Creek. After the show ended, Williams' movie career took off, and she started in movies such as Brokeback Mountain, Blue Valentine, My Week With Marilyn, and Manchester By The Sea. The actress has scored four Oscar nominations as well as two Golden Globe wins in her career. Today she's currently married to Thomas Kail, and the couple has a child together.    

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Jessica Biel - Then and Now

Jessica Biel was one of the standout celebrities of the '90s Her role in 7th Heaven and later in The A-Team turned her into a household name. Biel isn't as big as she was once. She's currently married to Justin Timberlake, and the couple recently welcomed their son in 2020.

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Tyra Banks – Then and Now

Tyra Banks was one of the biggest supermodels in the world in the '90s. Banks used her platform to build her brand worldwide. One of the supermodel's most significant achievements since the '90s was creating the hit reality tv show American's Next Top Model. The show has been on screens for over 20 years and has earned Banks two Emmy awards in the process.

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Jennifer Love Hewitt – Then and Now

In the '90s, everyone either owned a Jennifer Love-Hewitt poster, or they wanted one. The actress burst into the spotlight when she appeared on Party of Five. Since the '90s, Love-Hewitt's career has been slow and steady. She has appeared on her fair share of movies and tv shows and is still active.

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Denise Richards – Then and Now

There are a few people in the world who lived through the nineties and can say that they never had a crush on Denise Richards. The model-turned-actress appeared in films such as Starship Troopers, Wild Things, and The World Is Not Enough. Richards continued to star in movies and tv shows, but eventually, her stardom waned. She's was recently a part of the reality tv show The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills.

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Marisa Tomei - Then and Now

For Marisa Tomei, the '90s was only the beginning. She's one of the few actors whose career completely took off after the end of the decade. Tomei has since starred in films such as Anger Management, Captain America: Civil War, Spider-Man: Homecoming, Avengers: End Game, and Spider-Man: Far From Home.

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Jane Leeves - Then and Now

Jane Leeves first gained recognition on the hit sitcom Frasier where she played Daphne, the live-in nurse of Frasier's ailing father, Marty (John Mahoney). Leeves' undeniable attractiveness was a big reason why the show was so popular. Nowadays, Leeves has reinvented herself and turned into a producer. 

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Kelly Hu - Then and Now

Martial Law was first launched in 1998; the action series introduced American audiences to Asian actors such as Sammo Hung and Kelly Hu. The actress is the only member of the cast to appear in all 44 episodes of the show. After the show's cancellation, Hu went on to bigger and better things. She appeared in box-office hits like X-Men 2, The Scorpion King, and Cradle 2 the Grave.

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Alicia Witt - Then and Now

Cybill Shepherd may have been the start of the hit sitcom Cybill, but Alicia Witt stole the show. Younger viewers immediately fell in love with the beautiful redhead. Witt also appeared in shows like Dunes and Twin Peaks, and she was outstanding in both roles. Witt would find some success in Hollywood, and she's still relatively active in the industry.

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Sherilyn Fenn - Then and Now

Twin Peaks was the show that changed everything for Sherilyn Fenn. The show was unlike any other, and it also had its fair share of attractive female leads. Fans were crushing on Fenn hard when the show began, and some are still holding on to those emotions today. And can you blame them?

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Lucy Liu - Then and Now

Fans were first introduced to Lucy Liu in the hit TV show Ally McBeal. There was no shortage of eye candy on the show, but Lucy Liu still stood out the most. She cemented herself as a Hollywood favorite after landing roles in the Charlie's Angels movies and Kill Bill. The actress still looks as good as she did all those years ago and seems to have found the fountain of youth.

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Monica Bellucci - Then and Now

Monica Bellucci was and still is one of the most beautiful models of all time. In the mid-90s, Bellucci swapped the runway for the big screen and never looked back. Her attractiveness almost gave her an unfair advantage as he became bigger and bigger. The 56-year-old Italian actress doesn't spend as much time in the limelight as she used to but hasn't completely retired from acting.

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Shania Twain - Then and Now

Shania Twain was once regarded as the queen of country-pop music. Twain catapulted to success following the release of her second album, The Woman in Me, in 1995. The singer was awarded a Grammy for her work on the album, and her fan base grew. Unfortunately, Twain was diagnosed with a life-threatening disease in the early 2000s, which forced her to step back from music. The singer is still doing quite well for herself and has a net worth that's over $400 million.

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Catherine Zeta-Jones - Then and Now

Catherine Zeta-Jones rose to fame following the '90s classic British TV series The Darling Buds of May. Her performances on the show helped land her big movie roles in Hollywood, such as The Mask of Zorro and Entrapment. Zeta-Jones is now married to Michael Douglas, and they have a beautiful family together.

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Penelope Cruz - Then and Now

Penelope Cruz got her start in Hollywood in the mid-'90s. Cruz had already made her name for herself in Spanish cinema but was relatively unknown when she moved to Hollywood. That all changed when she appeared in The Hi-Lo Country and later Vanilla Sky.

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Salma Hayek - Then and Now

Hollywood was first introduced to Salma Hayek in the 1995 film Desperado, and people couldn't get enough of her. It wasn't long until people started to watch her projects to get a sneak peek of the American-Mexican actress. Unfortunately, Hayek has been off the market for a long time now and is married to French businessman François-Henri Pinault.

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Mandy Moore - Then and Now

A mailman famously discovered Mandy Moore after he heard and told Epic Records about the talented singer. Her career took off soon after that, and she later transitioned into acting, and everything seemed to be going her way. But things took a turn for the worst, and she was almost forced to quit her career. Moore has since made a stunning comeback and now owns her own production company.

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Tia and Tamera Mowry - Then and Now

Tia and Tamera Mowry first gained recognition in the hit sitcom Sister Sister. Almost every teenage boy in America had a crush on the siblings in the '90s. Tamera is now married to journalist Adam Housley, and Tia married actor Cory Hardrict. The twin sisters are still inseparable and have gone on to lead successful and meaningful lives.

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Shannen Doherty - Then and Now

Shannen Doherty owes most of her career to the teen drama Beverly Hills 90210. The actress played the role of Branda Walsh, and she took people by storm. Doherty may have left the show after four seasons, but she made a significant impact. Doherty did return to do a reboot of the show years later, but her life has been turbulent.

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Jennie Garth - Then and Now

Aaron Spelling's 90s teen drama Beverly Hills 90210 is responsible for launching many Hollywood stars' careers, including Jennie Garth. Garth's character Kelly was arguably the most attractive of all of the ladies on the show, and she was recognized not once but twice as one of FHM Magazine's Top 100 Sexiest Women in the world. Nowadays, Garth has evolved into a director and a TV producer.

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Gwen Stefani - Then and Now

Gwen Stefani's career peaked in the 2000s, but she became the name on everyone's lips long before that. The singer is best known for her work both as a solo artist and a member of the band No Doubt. Gwen Stefani is now well within her fifties but still looks just as good as she did over 20 years ago.

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Kirsten Dunst - Then and Now

Kirsten Dunst was breaking hearts long before she appeared in the Spiderman films. Dunst became a household name after landing a role on Bring It On, but she's been around Hollywood since the age of seven. Dunst is now a full-fledged movie star and also looks like she hasn't aged a day.

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Janet Jackson - Then and Now

Janet Jackson has been in the spotlight for most of her life. But that's what happens when you come from a family full of celebrities. In the '90s, Janet stepped out of the shadow of her older brothers and made a name for herself. Her breathtaking talent and memorable outfits are a big reason why so many people had (and still have) a crush on her. Unfortunately, Jackson was blacklisted from Hollywood following an outfit malfunction at the Superbowl in the early 2000s, and she's yet to recover from the incident entirely.

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Neve Campbell -Then and Now

Neve Campbell only became a Hollywood sensation after starring in the Scream movie franchise. Seeing Campbell on the big screen was a big reason people watched the Scream movies. After the film, Campbell left Hollywood. She has since appeared in several movies and TV shows but is more focused on her life outside acting.

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Tori Amos - Then and Now

Cornflake Girl became the start of something special for singer Tori Amos. The singer spent most of the decade making hit songs and making young men fall in love with her. Nowadays, she's married with a family but still creates the occasional hit song so often.

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Tori Spelling - Then and Now

Tori Spelling is one of several actors whose careers peaked early. Her most memorable role came on Beverly Hills 90210, and to her credit, she did have her fair share of young men falling for her back then. Spelling later inherited a large chunk of her father Aaron's $800 million fortune but somehow ended up squandering most of it.

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Keri Russell - Then and Now

Keri Russell started her career at The Mickey Mouse Clubhouse alongside fellow young talents such as Christina Aguilera, Ryan Gosling, Britney Spears, and Justin Timberlake. Russell has since gone on two achieve great success in both TV and film. She has appeared in movies like Mission: Impossible III, August Rush, and Free State of Jones.

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Amy Jo Johnson - Then and Now

When Amy Jo Johnson put on her Power Rangers pink suit and came on screens for the first time, people tuned in to the show to see her. Johnson rose to cult status and appeared on 138 episodes of the show. Johnson still owns her Power Rangers suit and puts it on occasionally to the delight of hundreds of fans everywhere.

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Larisa Oleynik - Then and Now

Larisa Leynik was once a Hollywood child star. Her cute persona helped land her several significant roles, including 10 Things I Hate About You. Oleynik became somewhat of a Hollywood outcast after 10 Things I Hate About you, but she still managed to land a few significant roles. Her most recent appearance came on the Netflix show Trinkets, but they canceled it after two seasons.

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Liv Tyler - Then and Now

Liv Tyler has been around the television industry for over two decades. In the '90s, the dark-haired beauty was all set to take Hollywood by storm after impressing on the big screen. However, Tyler's career never really took off. She even thought about leaving Hollywood altogether after she accused the industry of ageism.

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Julia Stiles - Then and Now

Julia Stiles landed her breakout role in 10 Things I Hate About You. Two years later, the actress was cast on Save The Last Dance. And that's where most people first took notice of her talent. Since then, Stiles has starred in films like The Prince and Me, Silver Linings Playbook, and the Bourne film series.

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Lucy Lawless - Then and Now

Lucy Lawless is best known for her role as Xena from Xena: Warrior Princess. The show gained cult status, and the New Zealand actress instantly became a fan favorite. Lawless is now married and has two sons. The actress is still landing prominent roles today; she has recently joined the Star Wars franchise, which has excited some of her die-hard fans.

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Elizabeth Berkley - Then and Now 

Elizabeth Berkley became a teen sensation after appearing as Jessie Spano on Saved By The Bell. Unfortunately for Berkley, her career was sabotaged before it even began. She did go on to have some success. Berkeley has hosted and starred in reality tv shows, became an author, and appeared in bit-part roles.

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Karyn Parsons - Then and Now

Karyn Parsons played Hilary Banks, the Banks family's spoiled child in the Fresh Prince of Bel-Air. Parsons' portrayal of Hillary helped gain her national recognition, and she could've become anything she wanted. But Parsons surprisingly decided to step away from Hollywood once the show ended. She has since founded Sweet Blackberry and even wrote her first novel.

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Gillian Anderson - Then and Now 

Gillian Anderson's impact on The X-Files can not be understated. Anderson was the envy of women and men everywhere. In 1997, the actress was voted as the Sexiest Woman in the World by FHM magazine. Recently, Anderson has appeared on shows like Sex Education and The Crown.

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Christina Ricci - Then and Now

The '90s were a significant decade for Christina Ricci. She became a star at a very young age after landing roles in Now and Then and Casper. Ricci struggled with being thrust into the spotlight so early on in her life, but she did manage to create a few memorable performances. Now, Ricci has carved out her niche by acting in roles centered around misunderstood women.

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Rachael Leigh Cook - Then and Now

Rachael Leigh Cook is the definition of a '90s rom-com princess. After her memorable performance in She's All That, Cook went on to have a successful film career. Recently, Cook has started making romantic comedies again following the Netflix film Love, Guaranteed's release.

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A lot of time has passed since some of these women were regarded as A-listers. Some of them have aged gracefully, while others haven't been as lucky. Which of these transformations surprised you the most? Leave a comment and let us know. And don't forget to check out our other fun and entertaining article.

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