Oh, how we do enjoy digging through, old archived photos of our favorite beautiful people, catching them in their often outdated glasses. This week, we think most of these pics display a certain cringe-worthiness we’ve all experienced when looking at old photos. Luckily, we can usually laugh it off and chalk it up to changing fashion. If only the gosh-darn camera hadn’t immortalized the moment…
Someone had to provide the bad-boy aura for the nice and clean boy band Backstreet Boys, and A. J. McLean was all too willing to do. Tattoos? Check. Heavy chain and earrings? Check. Leather? Check. Facial hair? You betcha. OK, OK, maybe we’re giving him too hard a time. After all, when the above picture of A.J. McLean in glasses was taken he literally had legions of girls around the globe dreaming of him nightly. Did we mention the band sold 130 million records worldwide? Wear what you want, A.J., you’ve certainly earned it. However, let’s ditch the bulbous, color-tinted lenses in all future stye choices. Looking at McLean without the frames, he seems more confident, down-to-earth, and handsome, thanks to being able to actually see his whole face.
Sinatra rose to fame in the 1940s, and even if you weren’t born until decades later, chances are you’ve not only heard of him, but know a handful of his songs, (“Come Fly With Me,” “New York, New York,” “The Lady is a Tramp,” to name a few). In fact, he’s one of the top-selling artists in the world, with a cool 150 million records sold under his hat. Frank Sinatra was also a successful actor, starring in hits like “The Manchurian Candidate,” “From Here to Eternity,” and “On the Town.” He ran with an exclusive crowd, dubbed The Rat Pack, which also included Dean Martin, Sammy Davis, Jr, Peter Lawford, and Joey Bishop. Frank earned the nickname “Ol’ Blue Eyes” for his piercing, bright blue eyes, which we luckily can nab with some Air Optix Color lenses. Since most pictures of Sinatra are in black and white, we’ve used the picture of his stamp, which certainly highlights the beautiful gems. While he totally pulls off the glasses, how can someone with those eyes stand to hide them? Thankfully Frank seemed to know that and was rarely seen in frames.
An experimental artist who was never afraid to take risks, David Bowie is a huge talent when it comes to both singing and acting. He first launched to fame in the 1970s and while he may not be so front-and-center-stage anymore, he’s still well respected and continues to work. Bowie has a cool, bad-boy edge, which is why a suit and classic pair of glasses looks almost alien on him. Losing the frames, adding a leather jacket and punking out his hair seems much more true to his wild spirit.
We started this off saying most of these throwbacks were cringe-worthy. Obviously, the exception is the beautiful Raquel Welch, (well, Sinatra wasn’t so bad either). An American actress who first rose to fame in the mid-1960s, she quickly became a mega-babe sex symbol. Although, Raquel was a fierce woman who overcame that title, playing strong, tough characters through the rest of the ’60s and ’70s in films. Glasses or not, she’s a total bombshell. In the frames, she looks smart and sophisticated. Without them, Raquel Welch is a shining beauty. With this one, we have to call a draw. She wins either way!
This is our favorite kind of #TBT—a nice, old, embarrassing photo of a future hunk, proof there’s hope for all of us! I mean, come on, look at that young, shaggy face. Did he really think he’d one day be making girls swoon across the globe? We’re guessing not. Michael Weatherly is an American actor most well known for his roles on “NCIS” and “Dark Angel.” Fun fact: he also had a minor role on the much-loved “The Cosby Show.” We’re sure Weatherly has no intention of drudging up those glasses from the past, and to that we say: thank goodness!