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

By Sophia Maddox | June 16, 2023

Hugh Grant, photographed by the LAPD in 1995

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.

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In 1995 Hugh Grant was on top of the world. He was dating Elizabeth Hurley, one of the sexiest women in the world and his career was taking off. Hot off the success of Four Weddings and a Funeral he was knee deep in the promotion cycle for four different films when he was caught on a side street in Los Angeles being pleasured by a sex worker named Divine Brown in his car.

Both Grant and Brown pleaded no contest and he was fined $1,180 before receiving two years probation and an order to complete and AIDS education program. Brown received a similar sentence but also received 180 days in prison.

When Grant appeared on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno to promote the film Nine Months Leno asked him “What were you thinking?” To which Grant replied, “I think you know in life what's a good thing to do and what's a bad thing, and I did a bad thing. And there you have it."

Alicia Silverstone on the set of ‘Clueless’, 1995

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At the naive age of 19 Alicia Silverstone stepped into the spotlight as Cher Horowitz in Clueless, a film that unwittingly set the template for teen movies throughout the ‘90s. From the look, to the dialogue, and even the fact that it’s a loose adaptation of a Victorian era novel (Jane Austen’s Emma), Clueless created a template for everything that followed.

Even though the film is considered a ‘90s classic, during production the studio heads were unsure if the film was going to be a hit or if it was going to Audi 5000 out of the theaters.

The film was a success, but Silverstone says that the way she was spoken about in the media made her feel “extremely isolated” from her peers, but that she learned from the toxic landscape around her and came out better for having lived through it.