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50 of the Sparkliest Moments in Pop Culture History

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Diamonds are forever. They’re also a girl’s best friend―with crystals being a close second. We love all things sparkly and were dazzled by the flashy looks on the latest runways including the Swarovski encrusted Saint Laurent boots Rihanna quickly added to her closet. As a nod to National Splurge Day on Sunday, we’ve rounded up 50 of the best-and-blingiest fashion moments―from Marilyn Monroe and Audrey Hepburn to Paris Hilton, Beyonce, Kendall Jenner, and more.

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Marilyn Monroe

Pretty in pink while singing “Diamonds Are a Girl’s Best Friend,” in the 1953 film Gentlemen Prefer Blondes.

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Audrey Hepburn

Playing Holly Golightly in Breakfast at Tiffany’s.

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Elvis Presley

“The King” performing in one of his signature, bejeweled costumes.

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Queen Elizabeth II

Her Majesty posed in a diamond tiara and jewels while visiting Copenhagen in 1957.

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Elizabeth Taylor

Renowned for her impressive jewelry collection, La Liz wore a crystal beaded dress and statement earrings for a dinner with then-husband Eddie Fisher in 1959.

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Anita Ekberg

The Swedish actress posing with Cartier baubles like grapes, in the 1960s.

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Sophia Loren

Embodying Italian opulence in 1970.

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Veruschka

The iconic model (who stars in Acne’s new Resort look book) had her face covered in crystals to play the lead role in the 1972 film Salome.

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Elton John

In a rhinestone jacket and matching “Butterfly” jacket circa 1975.

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Michael Jackson

Touring with the Jackson 5 in 1981.

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Princess Diana

The late, beloved Princess of Wales wore a crystal beaded gown by Japanese designer Hachi to a Washington D.C. gala in 1985.

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Liberace

Proving sparkles are not just for women, legendary pianist Liberace is best remembered for his flashy costumes.

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Joan Collins

The actress’ iconic Alexis Carrington character on Dynasty ushered in a new era of glitz and glamour during the 80s.

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Whitney Houston

Twinkling onstage during a performance in 1987.

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Slick Rick

The original rapper who made bling a status symbol in the hip hop community.

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Madonna

Sparkling in Harry Winston jewels and a bedazzled gown, with Michael Jackson, at the 1991 Academy Awards.

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Yves Saint Laurent

Tyra Banks dazzled at the late designer’s Haute Couture show in 1992.

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Ivana Trump

The 45th President’s ex-wife took a shimmering turn on Thierry Mugler’s Spring 1992 runway.

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Isaac Mizrahi

Christy Turlington modeled a crystal crop top, pants, and earrings on the designer’s Spring 1993 runway.

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Cindy Crawford

The supermodel donned a scarlet halter neck gown embellished with crystals, in 1993.

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Nicole Kidman

Sparkling at the Batman Forever premiere in 1995.

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Kate Winslet

Her character Rose Dawson in the 1997 blockbuster Titanic famously wore the “Heart of the Ocean” diamond and sapphire necklace.

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Alexander McQueen

A Swarovski mesh hood and structured skirt from the designer’s Spring 1999 collection.

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Donatella Versace

In 1999, the designer hosted a “Diamonds Are Forever” show with De Beers in London.

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Britney Spears

Performing at the 2000 MTV Video Music Awards in a sheer, nude costume accented with crystals.

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Paris Hilton

The original socialite celebrated her 21st birthday in 2002 wearing a crystal Julien Macdonald dress; Kendall Jenner imitated Hilton’s look for her own 21st birthday this year.

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Yves Saint Laurent

Natalia Vodianova modeled a twinkling look designer by Tom Ford for the French fashion house in 2002.

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Charlize Theron

The actress scintillated in a beige bedazzled gown at the Oscars in 2004.

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Kylie Minogue

On stage for the opening night of her Showgirl Homecoming tour in 2005.

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Pharrell Williams

Rocking his Billionaire Boys Club bling in 2006.

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Chromat Gave Me Permission to Celebrate Myself

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We’re by the ocean, but it’s not just any beach. It’s Jacob Riis Park, where queer people flock to get away from city noise and flaunt our bodies, curves, bulges, rolls, scars… everything that makes us beautiful.

“It’s the place where I’ve seen more Chromat in the wild than any place on earth,” says Becca McCharen-Tran, designer of the brand.

Bodies of water have always been a source of power for us. In New York City, those who aren’t at the beach often hang at the piers along the Hudson River. Water is a source of life.

As a model for this collection, I am walking alongside people of different sizes, ancestries, and abilities. We are living embodiments of our lineage carried forward. In these times, colonization has severed us from our past selves, where many of us were spiritual leaders, historians, shamans, mediums—we were respected for the knowledge we brought to our people.

The runway procession at Chromat.

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This collection, titled “Collective Opulence Celebrating Kindred,” demands that the world witness us. We are beautiful and unchanged. We are beautiful in all the ways we seek to transform, too.

“As trans and gender nonconforming, non-binary, intersex people, we deserve to feel pleasure and feel sexy, like hot and delicious, as huge meals and little snacks,” says artist and filmmaker Tourmaline, who collaborated with McCharen-Tran on the spring/summer 2022 collection.

Runway shows have begun to diverge from thin, white, and tall because of the many years activists spent trying to shift entrenched cultural norms. Plus-size models are only sprinkled into runway shows, even though the majority of American women are plus-size in the eyes of the fashion industry. Chromat has consistently showcased the full scope of humanity, in all of our abilities, genders, and body types.

“When we used to ask our friends to model, it was so shocking. Now it’s the bare minimum with brands,” says McCharen-Tran. “With this collection, it’s also a jump forward in how trans bodies can be envisioned.”

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“Chromat has consistently showcased the full scope of humanity, in all of our abilities, genders, and body types.”

I have spent years strategizing how to warp my body in a way that creates safety for me. At the beach, especially, where our bodies are on full display, trans women are constantly wracked with danger. What makes it all the more heartbreaking is that my ancestors lived by the Pacific, in central Vietnam. They would greet the day at sunrise to be in the ocean. It was a source of food, play, and solace. The ocean is home. But it was made to be dangerous to me after many centuries of criminalization and targeting of gender-variant people.

What’s remarkable about Chromat’s commitment to showcasing all kinds of bodies is the way it allows us to experience a future we’ve always deserved. For a moment, we are time-traveling together. We are bringing the future to us.

When I nervously slipped on the one-piece, made with a pouch for people who have penises, I thought of all the times I had to hide and pretend that I had a body that wasn’t mine. This time, I was given permission to not only come as I am, but celebrate myself and those who share my experience. I was asked to let myself breathe and take pleasure in just being me, alongside my community.

Hair and makeup was intended to emulate archival photos of Black trans icon Marsha P. Johnson, with heavy blush on her cheeks and flowers throughout her hair.

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Models at Jacob Riis Beach.

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“So much of Marsha’s legacy was around fashion,” says Tourmaline. “Marsha’s actions were in rebellion to the morality of the state, using fashion to control trans bodies, like with the anti-crossdressing laws police enforced to raid Stonewall. Those laws have an aesthetic level of violence.”

The runway show was a ritual in remembrance of the people who led the way for us to be able to be all of who we are.

When we listen to the ocean, we are listening to ourselves. If we listen closely, we can hear the laughs of Marsha P. Johnson, the shouts of Sylvia Rivera in between drags of her cigarette. We can hear the clacking heels of Octavia St. Laurent.

As writer and scholar Alexis Pauline Gumbs teaches us, water holds memories through sound waves that live inside the ebb and flow. All of this history is stored and carried along the Hudson, down to where the river meets the coastline of the Rockaways. And from there, it travels to the oceans that carry our trauma and our lineage. Here we are, unabashed, in each other’s arms, in their name, in their memory.

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Billie Eilish Changed Into a Stunning Red Oscar de la Renta Cape Dress Inside the 2021 Met Gala

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Billie Eilish’s nude princess dress just started her night at the Met Gala. While most celebs debuted their second looks at the Met Gala after parties, Eilish changed inside the gala. She switched into a sheer red Oscar de la Renta cape dress.

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She wore a third look, a lace top and sleeveless black mini dress, at an after party later.

Eilish spoke to The Guardian at the end of July about the pressure some people feel to always look good and how she views it. “Since I was a kid, my dad and I have always talked about a certain type of person who’s so insecure, or hyperaware and self-conscious, that they never move in a weird way, or make a weird face, because they always want to look good,” she started. “I’ve noticed that, and it makes me so sad. If you’re always standing a certain way, walking in a certain way, and always have your hair just so… It’s such a loss to always try to always look good. It’s such a loss of joy and freedom in your body.”

She added that she is not fully immune to the pressures social media or unaffected by the edited photos posted there. “I see people online, looking like I’ve never looked,” she said. “And immediately I am like, oh my God, how do they look like that? I know the ins and outs of this industry, and what people actually use in photos, and I actually know what looks real can be fake. Yet I still see it and go, oh God, that makes me feel really bad. And I mean, I’m very confident in who I am, and I’m very happy with my life.”

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Why Miley Cyrus Didn’t Attend the 2021 Met Gala

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Miley Cyrus’s big return to the Met Gala will have to wait another year. The singer was not at the New York City event this evening. She didn’t reveal her exact whereabouts on her Instagram, but she was last photographed earlier this month, performing in Napa, California. The singer was not in New York City for fashion week last week or the MTV VMAs yesterday either.

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Cyrus last attended the Met Gala in 2019 with her then-husband Liam Hemsworth.

Cyrus opened up to Vogue in June about her fashion and how her style has evolved over the years. “Fashion to me is kind of flipping yourself inside out,” she said. “It’s like wearing your heart, wearing your guts, wearing your values, wearing your identity, wearing your pain, wearing your joy. There’s something kind of childlike [about it]. You’re so fearless when you get yourself dressed when you’re a kid. You don’t think about what someone will think of you or what they’ll judge. It’s just about expression and how you feel that day. There’s a fearlessness. And so when I get dressed, I try to kind of think like my inner child, and be genuine and authentic in whatever I’m wearing.”

The outlet asked her what layers of herself she keeps private. “Well, if I answered this question, then I wouldn’t really be holding it back from the public!” she started. “But I have a very intimate and close relationship with my family. But like all families, we’re also complex, but we embrace the fact that each of us are so different from one another. Me and my siblings, we’re a lot alike, but we also have big differences. And we just accept that and don’t judge each other. And our family makes unconditional love a priority.”

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