Fashion and trends are forever changing from season to season, so you know just how outdated a picture from a decade ago (or two or three) can seem. Looking back at childhood photos, there’s always that one that won’t seem to just disappear and instead insists on rearing its ugly old head, reminding everyone just how, uh, adorable you were, right? Or just reminding you how a pair of lenses, like Air Optix Colors or Biofinity, would have completely changed the course of your life. Either way, it’s Thursday, and that means it’s time for us to take our own walk down memory lane, though, thankfully, we aren’t actually using any of our own photos. Instead, let’s peruse some more insanely beautiful people who we all know and love thanks to blockbuster films and musical hits. But instead of their perfectly posed editorials, we’re going to check out some seriously cute photo ops from some former four-eyes.
This lady is a true legend. She’s won three Academy Awards, a Tony and an Emmy. Do you hear that Tracy Morgan, she’s nearly got an EGOT (we’re not the only ones that have seen every episode of “30 Rock” at least three times, right?). She’s also been nominated for Academy Awards more times than any other person, ever. When it comes right down to it, Meryl is regarded as one of the greatest actors of all time. She’s bounced between serious dramas, like “Sophie’s Choice,” historical pieces, like “The Iron Lady,” comedies, such as “The Devil Wears Prada,” and even musicals, a la “Mama Mia.” The woman is unshakable no matter what role she is taking on, which she’s proven time and time again. While we completely love young Meryl in her cat-eye like frames, we really love seeing her glasses-free, where her light, laughing eyes are fully out on display.
While we’re on the subject of living legends, let’s discuss Sir Elton John. One of the top selling and most beloved musicians of all time, he’s sold more than 300 million records in his extensive five-decade caree. That’s right, 50 years of hit after hit after hit. The man is a musical genius. The famous Brit has won six Grammies and five Brit awards, not to mention a Tony, Golden Globe and Disney Legend Award. And that’s just to name a few! His body of work is unbeatable. Now, Elton is pretty much always seen wearing glasses, but has been spotted a few times without and we have to say, he looks almost like a new man! His face appears more opened up, and dare we say it, younger. Elton, give those glasses more of a rest!
The Australian beauty has had her own share of awards in both singing and acting, but nothing compares to the legendary role she fulfilled as prim and proper Sandy in “Grease.” The film was shot in 1978 but continues to have massive success and popularity. Olivia is a true beauty and hasn’t been spotted in glasses in many moons, although, as some digging will prove, she did dabble in the spectacle game once upon a time. We think it’s great she sticks to a frame-free face though, where her eyes are a standout feature.
So famous she only requires a first name, the Material Girl has been rocking heavy and hard since the early 1980s. She’s one of the best-selling female musicians of all time, and she hasn’t let age slow her down a bit as she continues to pump out hits and make a splash at any event she attends. She’s known for her racy fashion risks perhaps almost as much as her music. The star has also flirted with acting, winning a Golden Globe for her role in “Evita.” In the ‘80s she rocked some serious specs from time to time, though we love when she leaves them behind and lets her delicate blue-green eyes shine.
Brittany Murphy launched to fame as lovable Tai in “Clueless,” an instant cult classic. The brown-eyed beauty continued to enjoy fame with movies like “Just Married” and “8 mile.” While her life was cut tragically short, fans can still enjoy the many amazing films she left behind. Murphy occasionally sported some cute, oversized frames, but we loved it whenever her big, beautiful eyes were in clear view.
Kelly McGillis made it big in the 1985 movie “Witness” alongside Harrison Ford. She continued acting in several films throughout the ‘80s, including a lead role in “Top Gun,” though she took a break and pulled back from the spotlight after that. She’s continued acting, though on a quieter level than in her past. Beautiful with or without frames, we love looking at the side-by-side. If we had to choose, we’re calling it—no glasses!
A true childhood star, little Drew had a starring and unforgettable role in the legendary “E.T.” While she didn’t wear glasses exactly, she did have a few photos taken with heavy, dark Wayfarer-style frames on her sweet face. The edgy look is cute for childhood Drew, but like, Meryl, we love seeing her laughing eyes out in the open.