Are you ready for a throwback? 21 years ago, Sabrina the Teenage Witch premiered on ABC's T.G.I.F. lineup. The sitcom featured Melissa Joan Hart, who didn't finish her bachelor's degree at New York University after earning the major role of Sabrina Spellman. Hart has come a long way since then. In addition to Sabrina the Teenage Witch, she starred in the Nickelodeon sitcom Clarissa Explains It All from 1991 to 1994 and the ABC Family sitcom Melissa & Joey. She also recorded two albums as Clarissa Darling, appeared in Britney Spears' Drive Me Crazy soundtrack, opened a candy shop called SweetHarts, and started a fashion line called King of Harts.
Hart dominated the teen TV landscape, but reportedly told The Telegraph that Sabrina and Clarissa were never hot. She was unable to recall a moment where she wore high heels in those shows. Despite the lack of raunchiness, she was reportedly lucky to have had a "normal" childhood with ballet and Girl Scouts. That's certainly a good thing as the standards have totally changed for young women in today's society.
That doesn't mean Hart forgot about her looks and outfits altogether. She has been photographed by the paparazzi wearing each outfit in her closet, from a typical sweat suit to a classic little black dress. She has also appeared scantily clad in black lingerie for the October 1999 issue of Maxim. She's basically the good girl who kind of went bad. Here are 15 must-see photos of her in her prime.
15 Sabrina Spellman
Let's begin with Hart in a timeless photo to promote Sabrina the Teenage Witch. In this photo, she appears to be the girl next door dressed in a blue strapless top and a neutral choker. Stare into this woman's beautiful blue eyes and you'll not only see an unlucky black cat, but you'll also find the metaphorical window to her soul. On top of that, her gorgeous blond hair is in a classic bob, which makes it easy on the eyes for our viewing pleasure.
Spellman is quite the character as she was originally created by her two aunts, Hilda and Zelda Spellman, following an incident where a magic potion turned out wrong. She was dubbed as a half-witch because her mother was a human being while her father was a witch. She's probably not something that you'd want to become, but at least she looked good while playing this role.
14 Black And Yellow
Black and yellow are arguably two colors that have a high-contrast color combination out there. However, it's an eye-popping color combination that we just can't get enough of! It all started when Wiz Khalifa released the hot track "Black and Yellow" from his third studio album, Rolling Papers, in 2010. Suddenly, the once-odd color combination became happy, but avant-garde.
In this case, Hart posed on a sofa in a business casual dress consisting of a yellow top with black polka dots and a black skirt. She looks like a sweet lady with a dazzling smile who's just feeling the positive vibes from her surroundings. She's not a Pittsburgher, but it just goes to show that anyone–even a native New Yorker–can rock the black and yellow! She's a lovely petite woman with wonderful blue eyes and awesome blond hair who can look great in almost everything that's sold in a clothing store for women.
13 Slave Leia
Even if you're not a Star Wars fan, you should check out this photo of Hart dressed up as Slave Leia. Some may argue that the costume is about objectification, but let's stick to the facts that it's an iconic costume that was worn by Carrie Fisher when she starred as Princess Leia in the 1983 Star Wars film Return of the Jedi.
Thousands of women have worn the same bikini costume that Princess Leia wore when she was captured by Jabba the Hunt in Return of the Jedi. It has been a cosplay trend for quite a while, so it's not a surprise that Hart decided to dress up in the tempting costume for an event. Frankly, she pulled it off and impressed the science fiction (and fantasy) fans out there, which was a good thing. On the bright side, she also looks like she's having a lot of fun at the event she was photographed in.
12 Sabrina Spellman, Again
We all need some more nostalgia from our childhood. Therefore, we have to show you another photo of Hart in her Sabrina the Teenage Witch days as Spellman.
Sure, it might seem like it's similar to the first throwback you've seen of her promoting Sabrina the Teenage Witch. But she looks even more relaxed in this shot, despite being dressed in all-black and holding a black cat. She sported a simple look and wore an effortless makeup to match. Sometimes, less is more, and she gave a whole new meaning to the familiar philosophy because she has created value and welcomed change over the years. After all, there are plenty of men out there who'd actually appreciate it if women would stop trying so hard to look pretty unless if it's absolutely necessary.
Nonetheless, Hart is still a total babe, regardless of whether or not she's all dolled up.
11 Purple Bikini
A purple bikini may be a tough swimsuit to wear, but Hart was able to rock the unconventional two-piece. It seems like she was striking a seductive pose in an outdoor photo shoot but looked happy and healthy nevertheless. It doesn't even look like she tried to look good for the camera. She let her blond tresses hang loose as she flaunted her body in a deep purple bikini. And that's how things should be when you're soaking up the sun in the great outdoors.
Hart isn't the first person that comes to mind when you think of a female showing off her body. Yet, the actress was confident enough to wear a bikini. Thus, she's the ideal role model for teens and young adults because there's not a lot of positive body teachings anywhere anymore.
10 Blonde Chick
If you were a '90s kid, you probably remember seeing Hart on one of your favorite TV shows such as Clarissa Explains It All and Sabrina the Teenage Witch. You might also recall this scene where she looked ditzy after asking a question to one of her teachers. She wore her blond hair down with bangs that framed her face.
Many little girls had bangs at some point in their lives. The same could be said about Hart who basically spent most of her life on TV shows. Like other middle-aged actresses, she grew up right before our eyes and gracefully aged into her early 40's. Even if she was barely legal, she certainly had what it takes to make us keep our eyes glued to our TVs. She has never really failed to impress the general public with her mismatched outfits, signature chokers, and delightful blue eyes that screamed all-American girl.
9 Pretty In Pink
Pretty In Pink isn't just a good 1986 romantic comedy. It isn't just a good song by the Psychedelic Furs either. It's just a short phrase to describe a female who looks good in pink.
In this photo, Hart appears to be enjoying the wild ride to fame as she's posing on her stomach with somewhat of a smile on her naturally-freckled face. Her pink lips match the tone of her simple rosy pink off-the-shoulder dress. Also, her black pumps with ankle straps play up the girly look with a dash of hotness. Yes please!
Not only did Hart continue to showcase her fabulous looks, but she also made dirty blond hair look beautiful. The brownish-blondish shade flattered her complexion, making her fair skin glow and look sun-kissed. While her light blond bob will always be her go-to hairstyle, her dirty blond cut is a must-have look for fall.
8 Camera Ready
At the end of the day, the majority of us are our own worst critics, and there's nothing worse than being forced to look at close-up photos of ourselves. In spite of the possible negatives, Hart has never been a stranger for the camera, even when she was a young lady. Here, she's looking straight at the camera like she's eager to know or learn something new.
Once again, Hart is wearing all black with a feminine touch of magenta ribbons. It looks like the standard school photo any other primary school student would be mandated to take for a school picture day. Her hair has apparently been straightened with a beaded clip on the left side. You may wonder why she's wearing a goody-two-shoes-inspired outfit, but if you scroll down, you'll see that she's baring her midriff, which leaves some to the imagination to say the least.
7 Hangin' By The Pool
There's nothing like a beautiful woman hanging out by the pool, and Hart is no exception. Yet, she stood out from some of those other lovely ladies by showing off her toned body in an emerald green bikini and finished off the revealing look with a coral flower in her hair. She also seems to be enjoying her time soaking up the sun as her pose makes her look cheerful.
A pool is a great place to hangout with your friends. It's easily accessible, and you could order up a couple of your favorite drinks if it's super hot outside. Also, you can spot at least a couple of steamy girls chilling by the pool. This photo of Hart should inspire you to get out of the house more if it hasn't already. Ultimately, it's never too late to check out your neighborhood pool in hopes of finding a pretty girl.
6 Lady In Red
A list pertaining to any given female celebrity wouldn't be complete without a photo of her in a red dress. Accordingly, we found a photo of Hart defining the meaning of the "lady in red." Her red dress with short sleeves complimented her skin tone and turned heads when she stepped into the building. She paired the classy ensemble with a thin silver belt and a gold diamond ring. She kept her hair simple with old-school Hollywood glamour waves. Way to go, girl!
When you think about it, Hart is likely trying to stand out from the crowd, but she's also trying to keep her distance as the red dress isn't too flashy. She found an appropriate dress, made it her own, and impressed the masses. That's all she needs to do, really. As long as she's comfortable in her own skin, then others' opinions shouldn't matter. But she's red-hot regardless of what people think.
5 That Look
There's a certain look a woman gives a man when she wants to be approached. It's simply a way for her to show you that she's interested in you but doesn't want to come on too strong. You should be able to recognize the subtle signs. But if you can't, then that's fine. Just make some eye contact with her, and you should be alright.
We sure wouldn't mind if Hart was the girl who gave us the look. When all is said and done, she's a blonde stunner who deserves some attention from us. Aside from that look on her face, her body language is speaking volumes. Her long blond hair is reaching her chest (gasp!), and her pose creates a s*xy tomboy-ish appeal. By getting to know her, you'll get the best of both worlds—part tomboy and part girly girl. Who wouldn't want someone like that in their life?
4 Girly Girl
We already told you that Hart is an uncommon mix of a girly girl and a tomboy, but here's a photo of her all dolled up.
There's a gender stereotype that technically demands for girls to wear pink and boys to wear blue. While this isn't always the case, there are plenty of girls who appreciate all the pink things in life. Hart is one of those girls. Just look at her all-pink ensemble. She looks seductive in that hot pink dress she's wearing, and that magenta flower on her hair adds an extra detail. She looks every bit like the sweet girl but also looks like a young vixen. She appears to wholeheartedly embrace her femininity without sacrificing her personality.
Some women like to dress up in pink and get their nails done, and that's perfectly normal. It doesn't mean that she behaves like a girly girl. She just chose to dress that way.
3 Barely There
Wearing a little more than a black thong, Hart was brave enough to bare it all. She covered herself with a white blanket, which added some suspense to an otherwise risqué photo. She showed off her toned legs in a photo shoot while making a tempting face for the camera.
There's nothing better than a woman in the sheets waiting for her man after a long day at work. Hart continued to give everyone an in-depth look at her body, including her legs. Looking desirable and s*xy isn't a difficult task for the actress who got used to looking good without trying over the years. She looks hot, but the good type of hot; not the over-the-top type of hot. She's a woman who knows the importance of having fun, but she also looks like she's in control, unlike some former child stars in this decade.
2 Sugar And Spice
When it comes to sugar and spice, Hart is an example of a woman who could be that when she wants to be. She's nice and sweet with a little bit of an edge.
In this photo, Hart looks absolutely irresistible wearing a beige lace bodysuit with a short platinum blond hairdo to compliment the old-school Hollywood look. Her lips look kissable as they're covered in dark red lipstick. She looks like a girl who's on the prowl to find a man to take home tonight. You can just tell by looking at her ravishing eyes and sizzling body language.
Despite the possible boldness of her look, she looks quite comfortable posing for this photo. There aren't a whole lot of women who are photogenic, but she just happens to be a lucky one, which is a good thing. She's an elegant timeless beauty who is worthy of our attention.
We've been hitting you with a substantial dose of throwback photos, but this particular photo is deserving of the No. 1 spot. You may have already seen this photo, but Hart was hoping to project a more adult image at the time. This prompted her to ditch her clothes and pose in the buff in a cover shoot for the October 1999 issue of Maxim.
Fun fact: Hart was reportedly high on ecstasy during the cover shoot. Whether or not this debatable statement was true, she went on to have a decent career in showbiz and didn't really fall apart like Britney Spears, Miley Cyrus, and Lindsay Lohan did. The infamous Maxim cover might have surprised her young fans, but that doesn't matter because everyone has to go through puberty and search for their own identity as they grow older. It's a part of life. Simply put, she's probably your favorite witch without a snitch.