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

By Sophia Maddox | February 19, 2024

Kurt Cobain in New York, January 1992. A the time he was already thinking of breaking up Nirvana

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 a 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.

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It wasn’t easy to be Kurt Cobain. Following the release of Nirvana’s sea change of an album, “Nevermind,” he wasn’t just one of the most famous people on the planet - he was the voice of a generation. A year after the album’s release he was struggling with fame and an attempt to kick heroin, which wasn’t helped by the press constantly attacking his his wife, Courtney Love.

In 1992 a Vanity Fair article detailing Love’s ongoing use of heroin while she was pregnant. In response Cobain wrote a letter to DGC owner David Geffen threatening to break up the band is something wasn’t done about the remarks. He wrote in part:

This article has outright accused my wife of all kinds of hideously vile things to the point where Ive never seen such a crucifixion in a magazine. The woman's entire objective was to harm Courtney and now after you read the article (I hope) something may be done about it… I am now in rehab going on 18 days and Im really looking forward to having a family at this point [eff] NIRVANA… We are capable of displaying a healthy attitude before our audience and the next record is easily as good as the last one, but I'm so extremely [upset] about this piece of trash journalism that I'll lay anything on the line for the love of my wife and daughter.

Geffen responded to say that articles like this come and go and that he should focus on his music and his family, not on the journalism surrounding his work.

A breathtaking photo of Angelina Jolie taken in 1998.

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In the early ‘90s Angelina Jolie was essentially a cult star. A beautiful young actress with enticing eyes and a million dollar smile, she played tough chicks in b-movies and a hot hacker in her first blockbuster role, but it was her starring role in Gia that earned her a Golden Globe and established her as a star to watch.

Following her win for Gia she was profiled in People Magazine and photographed by the great Greg Holzer. He later said that during the shoot Angelina was captivating and exciting, that she was down for anything:

Angelina arrived with no makeup, no publicist, and no entourage, and settled in with my glam squad. She was incredible in front of the camera. We did the safer images that the magazine required in the beginning, then ended up shooting for hours more. Inventive, spontaneous, and fearless, she gave 100% to the camera… Angelina was the perfect combination of model and actress: beautiful and very self-aware, yet emotionally rich and expressive. When people ask, ‘What was your favorite shoot?’ I always think of this one.