Fashion Flashback: Itty-Bitty Baby Bangs

  • BETTIE PAGE

  • TRACI LORDS

  • NAOMI CAMPBELL

  • JANEANE GAROFALO

  • LINDA EVANGELISTA

  • ELISA DONOVAN

  • DREW BARRYMORE

  • LIL KIM

  • AUDREY TATOU

  • BAI LING

Bangs have been a thing since time immemorial (didn’t Ludvig von Beethoven have them?). Their popularity is no mystery! Bangs serve so many purposes. They can mask a super-big forehead, a weird hairline, or unplucked brows. They’re versatile, and can work with every hair texture. And in the ’80s, they even managed to defy gravity. Remember the teased-and-sprayed Croissant Bang? Classic.

Bangs have always been awesome, but it wasn’t until the mid-’50s that they experienced a makeover that reverberated through the culture something fierce. Frequently topless pinup girl Bettie Page debuted a microscopic little fringe on her forehead — and the look was so cute, it sent scores of bobbysoxers searching for scissors. Several decades later, in the retro-mad ’90s, the trend resurfaced when supermodels like Naomi Campbell and Linda Evangelista resuscitated the look — and it lasted until the early aughts.

From Drew Barrymore to Clueless star Elisa Donovan, we look back at the coolest (slash silliest) baby bangs of the ’90s.

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