The 10 "Sex"iest Symbols Of The 80s: Where Are They Now?

The 80's. A decade filled with bright colors and loud beats blasting from a boombox. The 80's brought us mullets, shoulder pads, leg warmers and endless frustration as we tried, and failed, to complete the Rubik's cube. With memories and fashion faux pas like that, you'll be forgiven if you choose not to remember the 80's fondly.

However, the 1980's also did some good. The birth of MTV had a huge effect on the music industry as music videos, such as Michael Jackson's "Thriller", re-invented the way people enjoyed music. The Nintendo Entertainment System, with the help of Super Mario Brothers, became the best selling console and kick-started the gaming industry.

In addition, iconic films such as Blade Runner, E.T, Back To The Future, GhostbustersIndiana Jones and The Goonies, to name only a few, made their mark. The 1980's, even with its crimes against fashion, is a decade that deserves its place in the pop culture hall of fame.

The 80's also brought us a wealth of sexy starlets, for which we are thankful for. With so many to choose from, it's nice to remember the ones that may have been forgotten. So we take a look back at probably one of our favorite parts in the 80's.

10 Christie Brinkley


Model and actress Christie Brinkley shot to fame with three consecutive Sports Illustrated swimsuit covers, the first time that had ever been done. Featured in several Sports Illustrated calendars, as well as gracing the covers of many magazines and being the face of international brands, Christie Brinkley became one of the most desirable woman of the 80's. Let's also take a moment to remember her as 'the girl in the Ferrari.' A definite high point of The National Lampoon's Vacation.

9 Molly Ringwald


There are few people who can sum up an entire decade. With the exception of Micheal Jackson and Madonna, Molly Ringwald is the 80's. Starting out on sitcoms Diff'rent Strokes and The Facts of Life, Molly soon turned to movies and an 80's icon was born. Breakfast Club, Sixteen Candles and Pretty In Pink are all cult classics. Being at the center of 'The Brat Pack' and a favorite of director John Hughes, Molly's 'girl next door' appearance made her every teenager's fantasy.

8 Elle Macpherson


The Australian-born model gained fame in the 80's due to a series of high profile magazine shoots. With such magazines such as Cosmopolitan, Vogue, Marie Claire and Elle, her profile grew. She then appeared in Sports Illustrated for a record of five times. That, together with several campaigns for Victoria's Secret among others, soon landed her with the nickname 'The Body.' And what a body it was and still is.

7 Lisa Bonet


Best known for her role as Denise Huxtable in The Cosby Show and the spin off show, A Different World, Lisa Bonet left the comfortable sitcom world behind her, as adult stardom awaited. Eloping with Lenny Kravitz was one way to let the world know she wasn't a child any more. But it was her role in Angel Heart, opposite Mickey Rourke, that really brought attention. The R-rated movie showed Lisa topless and a graphic sex scene with the much older Rourke, shocking fans.  Following on from Angel Heart, Lisa had a topless center-spread in Interview magazine making Lisa hot property towards the end of the 80's.

6 Elisabeth Shue


In the 80's, Elisabeth Shue quickly became everyone's dream girlfriend. Being the better half of Ralph Macchio in The Karate Kid and Marty McFly in Back To The Future 2 and 3, every teenager wanted Elisabeth by their side. With roles in other films such as Cocktail and Adventures in Babysitting, the girl next door image gave Elisabeth a subtlety that not many other stars had.

5 Helen Slater


Sometimes an actor plays a role so perfectly that they can never rid themselves of it. This is the case with Helen Slater who starred in a few films in the 80's: The Legend of Billie Jean, Ruthless People, The Secret of My Success and Sticky Fingers. However, it was the role of Supergirl that she will forever be associated with. Panned by critics on its release, it soon built up a cult following - it may only be 13-year-old boys watching! Nevertheless, in the Supergirl outfit, Helen Slater's image hung from many walls in the 80's and beyond.

4 Phoebe Cates


The star of the family films Gremlins, Phoebe Cates wasn't always so family friendly. The model turned actress first starred in the movie paradise, along the same lines as Blue Lagoon with a few nude scenes to whet the audience's appetite. It was in the movies Fast Times at Ridgemont High (that bikini!) as well as the sex comedy, Private School, that planted Phoebe Cates firmly on the list of the sexiest stars of the 80's.

3 Bo Derek


Not many actors can eclipse almost their whole career with a single image. That's the case with Bo Derek. Ask people these days to name one of her films and they'll probably look at you with a blank and confused look on their face. But show them that poster with Bo in a swimsuit and the memories will come flooding back. The poster itself was an image taken from the film 10 - her only real notable film. That poster however, covered the walls of many homes and propelled Bo Derek into a sex symbol icon.

2 Kelly Lebrock


Perfectly cast as the ideal fantasy woman in The Woman In Red, Kelly Lebrock quickly became the fantasy of every male in the 80's. After that came Weird Science with Kelly once again being cast as the 'ideal fantasy.' Maybe being typecast as the perfect woman limited her roles, as these were the only two major parts she had in the 80's. From an audience point of view, we're not complaining.

1 Brooke Shields


With her trademark dark, thick eyebrows and slender figure, Brooke Shields was one of the most desirable woman of the late 80's and 90's. With breakthrough roles in Blue Lagoon and Endless Love, the model was starting to turn heads. After a short break from acting and modelling, in which she completed her degree in French literature, Brooke was back to show the world her transition from teen star to adult.

Still considered one of the sexiest women in the world, Brooke's movie career hasn't reached the once highs of the 80's. Working mainly on TV, her biggest hit was her own sitcom Suddenly Susan. Since then there have been a few movie and TV appearances and some success on Broadway.


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