The Girls that Just Wanted to Have Fun in the 80s

The 1980s saw the dawn of the digital revolution, and with it a raft of equally revolutionary female sex symbols ready to capitalise on the global exposure offered by the new technology. Here we look at the divas that defined a decade.

 

Grace Jones

The Girls that Just Wanted to Have Fun in the 80s
Model, singer and actress Grace Jones was the epitome of the modern Amazon. Her celebrated flat-top hairstyle and androgynous good looks made the Jamaican a memorable (and frightening) symbol of 1980s chic. Among her many claims to fame was her appearance as the assassin May Day in the 1985 James Bond film ‘A View to a Kill’, and her portrait by Andy Warhol. Today, she continues to sing on stage.

Kim Basinger

The Girls that Just Wanted to Have Fun in the 80s

The striptease behind the blind in the erotic thriller 9½ Weeks made Kim Basinger an international sex symbol of the 80s generation. Adolescent boys and older, more sophisticated men alike; all were jealous of tough Hollywood hero Mickey Rourke, who played her lover.

Madonna



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With her provocative performances – more reminiscent of striptease than traditional pop videos – Madonna became a sex education teacher to a whole generation. The exhibitionist singer loved to provoke reactions, whether it was through the explicit lyrics of ‘Like a Virgin’ or her depiction of a peep-show dancer in ‘Open Your Heart’.

Brooke Shields

The Girls that Just Wanted to Have Fun in the 80s

In stark contrast to the warrior-like Grace Jones is sweet, feminine, oh-so-young 80s star Brooke Shields, with her long brown hair and doe eyes – the Lolita of her generation. Aged 15, she advertised Calvin Klein jeans with the line “You wanna know what comes between me and my Calvins? Nothing”, and caused teenage erotic fantasies as a child wife in ‘The Blue Lagoon’.

Heather Locklear
 

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Whether as calculating gold-digger Sammy Jo Carrington in the TV series Dynasty, or as dutiful cop Stacy Sheridan in ‘T.J. Hooker’, the beautiful Heather Locklear – the girl from California with long blonde hair and huge blue eyes – was watched with delight by an entire generation.
 

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