Naomi Campbell and Christy Turlington – Campbell and Turlington composed two thirds of the “Trinity,” a trio of supermodels (Linda Evangelista was the third) who roared onto the scene in the late 1980s. This photo was taken in 1990, a year before the pair’s statement pouts stole the show at Versace: they walked the runway while lip-syncing George Michael’s “Freedom.”
Dita Von Teese – Whether shiny or matte, Von Teese is known for her expertly painted red lips. “The first time I wore red lipstick was in the ’80s, when everyone was wearing pearly beige-y pinks,” she says. “I was completely bowled over by the splash of color it gave, and I haven’t stopped wearing it since.” To maintain her appearance, Von Teese stockpiles tubes of her favorite rouge hues and has “at least five drawers” of lipstick.
Lucille Ball – Alter ego Lucy Ricardo got into one hilarious predicament after another in I Love Lucy. Signs of panic included a wide-eyed stare and, of course, an expressive red mouth.
Angelina Jolie – Her exposed leg may have stolen the show at this year’s Oscars—but Jolie’s famously full lips have the last say.
Elvis Presley – His gyrating hips made girls dizzy with desire, and his pompadour was nothing short of perfection. But Presley’s lips stand out as his most memorable physical feature: whether curled at the corner in song or stretched into a lopsided grin, they were a major asset to his image.
Marilyn Monroe – Leaning in with lowered lashes, Monroe knew how to make her signature red lips the center of attention. Add a breathy voice and curvy figure to the mix, and it’s no wonder why she remains a sex symbol to this day.
Scarlett Johansson – Is a beauty chameleon; her hairstyles, hair color, and makeup are in constant flux. One thing that remains the same? Her famously voluptuous pucker.
Tim Curry – As Dr. Frank-N-Furter in the 1975 cult musical, The Rocky Horror Picture Show, Curry wasn’t “just a sweet transvestite from Transexual, Transylvania.” His overt sexuality, mischievous nature, and mad-scientist leanings proved to be a potent combination. But it was his juicy red lips that made mild-mannered couple Janet Weiss (Susan Sarandon) and Brad Majors (Barry Bostwick) weak in the knees—and became the iconic logo for Rocky Horror.
Molly Ringwald – Though it premiered in 1986, Pretty in Pink inspired audiences’ inner fashionistas for decades to come. As Andie Walsh, Ringwald’s craftiness and fashion-forward ensembles dominated the screen. However, something else drew attention too: Her enviable kisser.
Julia Roberts – She’d appeared in Mystic Pizza and Steel Magnolias, but it was Pretty Woman that cemented Roberts’ star status and made her America’s sweetheart. In 1990, audiences flocked to see the film and fell in love with her toothy grin, hearty laugh—and naturally plush pucker.