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

By Sophia Maddox | July 21, 2023

The face that launched a thousand ships... Julia Roberts, early 90s

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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Hands down there was no bigger star in the ‘90s that Julia Roberts. Maybe Arnold Schwarzenegger but that’s arguable. Her big break came in 1990’s Pretty Woman where she played a sex worker who teaches Richard Gere about love and life but she almost didn’t star in the picture.

Three days after she was cast in Pretty Woman (originally titled 3,000) the production company backing the film folded. After Disney picked the film up and brought on Garry Marshall he agreed to meet with her as a courtesy, although he planned to cast a Hollywood A-lister in the role. Roberts explains the rest:

This small movie company folded over the weekend, and by Monday, I didn’t have a job. Garry Marshall came on, and because he’s a great human being, he felt it would only be fair to meet me, since I had this job for three days and lost it. They changed the whole thing and it became more something that is in my wheelhouse.

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Is there a more star crossed/‘90s/extremely chaotic love affair than that of Tommy Lee and Pamela Anderson? After meeting in February 1995 they decided to get married after four days of courtship. They just took off to Cancun and got married on the beach… Anderson wore a bikini and Tommy Lee wore board shorts.

Call them trashy, call them over the top, call them whatever you want but Pam and Tommy were absolutely iconic. It’s impossible to think about the mid ‘90s without remembering that they were all over TV and the late night commercials promoting their sex tape.

After three crazy years and a couple of kids the two called it quits following an assault by Tommy Lee. He served four months after pleading no contest and in spite of their divorce they continued to see each other off and on for the next decade.