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

By Sophia Maddox | August 11, 2023

Will Smith smeared with cake at the 'Fresh Prince Of Bel Air' wrap party 

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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Every kid growing up in the ‘90s remembers watching The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air, Will Smith’s first foray into acting. It was fun, cool, and dare we say… fresh. The show made Smith a household name but according to the star the only reason he accepted the role was because he was in trouble with the IRS.

Following the breakout hit “Parents Just Don’t Understand" Smith ended up blowing through all of his money and with a huge IRS bill. When the duo’s second album flopped he was in deep trouble.

After hanging out around the Arsenio Hall Show for a while he bumped into none other than Quincy Jones. The two started hanging out and they spitballed the entire concept of Fresh Prince. They pitched the series to Brandon Tartikoff of NBC in Jones’ driveway and the show ran from 1990 to 1996.

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.