Rarely Seen Photos That Reveal A Different Side To The 90s

1990s | May 26, 2020

Written by Jacob Shelton

The following unseen photos from the 90s are definitely too hot for some viewers. Are they for mature audiences only? We’ll leave that decision up to you…

The final decade of the millennium was an era of change. Generation X had taken the societal reigns from the Baby Boomers and letting their hair down. Fashion was taking a turn for the flannel, and young people were beginning to look for new ways to have a good time.

These snapshots of the 90s show that the decade was full of a kaleidoscopic mix of culture, fashion, and music that made it an unforgettable era to live in - when Anna Nicole Smith was legitimate celebrity and when Johnny Depp was still considered an independent film star.

It’s important to use these pictures from the 90s to take your preconceived notions of the decade and turn them on their head. That’s the coolest part about taking a deep dive into the past… you never know what you’ll find on the other side.

Madonna showing off her toned biceps while posing with Vanilla Ice, the two dated briefly in the early 90s 😎

source: Maverick

For a brief period of time in the early ‘90s Vanilla Ice was something of a magnet for starlets. Somehow, with his single hit, “Ice Ice Baby” he was able to ensnare pop goddess Madonna in a relationship. However, he broke things off when she started working on her photography book “Sex.” Ice explained:

She was older than me and a great lover. But I broke up with her after she printed that book because I was hurt to be an unwitting part of this slutty package. It was disgusting and cheap. We were in a relationship yet it looked like she was screwing all these other people.

Released to coincide with her fifth studio album, “Erotica,” “Sex” featured gorgeous and elaborate photos taken by Steven Meisel and Fabien Baron of Harper’s Bazaar. The book was a smash, selling out its limited 1.5 million run in only a few days. The book is still one of the most in demand out of print books and Vanilla Ice is… well, we don’t actually know what he’s up to.

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Jacob Shelton


Jacob Shelton is a Los Angeles based writer. For some reason this was the most difficult thing he’s written all day, and here’s the kicker – his girlfriend wrote the funny part of that last sentence. As for the rest of the bio? That’s pure Jacob, baby. He’s obsessed with the ways in which singular, transgressive acts have shaped the broader strokes of history, and he believes in alternate dimensions, which means that he’s great at a dinner party. When he’s not writing about culture, pop or otherwise, he’s adding to his found photograph collection and eavesdropping on strangers in public.