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 all 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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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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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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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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