17 Photos That Were Perfectly Normal in 1997
Oh, how far we’ve come...
Think about all the “fabulous” things you currently own. Those sunglasses. That purse. Even your iPhone. And how do you anticipate feeling about them in 19 years? Here, let’s reminisce on all things we thought were normal in 1997.
BEYONCE IN HEAD-TO-TOE CALVIN KLEIN
You know you asked for logo gear for Christmas. And oh, you wore it.
BACKSTREET BOYS IN COLOR-COORDINATED SILK
A shiny new style world felt so fresh coming out of the shadows of grunge.
’N SYNC IN MULTICOLORED SILK
Because they had yet to even debut in this country. They were still only tearing up the German charts--and shirts--at the time.
CHRIS HARDWICK IN A LEE’S AD
Ah, Singled Out. Ah, carpenter jeans.
THE VERY FIRST “ALLOY” CATALOG
Just remember what JNCO stands for: Judge None Choose One.
THE OLD FAITHFUL “DELIA’S” CATALOG
Two words: boy shorts.
FIONA APPLE ON “TWIST”
What magical things 1998 would hold--once we got our free Bush CD.
LEANN RIMES WITH A FLIP PHONE
After winning the “Best New Artist” Grammy.
A STAGED BEANIE BABY PORTRAIT
And it took hours to get the order just the way you wanted it.
A PBS GEOGRAPHIC-MYSTERY GAME SHOW
Help us, Rockapella, where in the world is Carmen Sandiego?
THE SEXY COMPUTER OF THE TIME
A Power Macintosh 6500. The model before those jelly-colored iMacs.
THE POWER MEDIA PLAYERS OF THE TIME
Rosie O’Donnell. Katie Couric. And some infant named Matt Lauer.
ANN CURRY IN A “Y” NECKLACE
It was also her debut as the Today show news reader.
CLAIRE DANES AT THE OSCARS
Tucking a short-sleeve sweater into a side-zip skirt like it ain’t no thing.
BARBRA STREISAND AT THE OSCARS
Wearing a knit cocktail dress…with a matching cardigan…and nude pantyhose…and a Sak purse. Joan Rivers said she looked “marvelous.”
NICOLE KIDMAN AT THE OSCARS
This one made Rivers fake-wretch on camera but changed the course of red-carpet dressing for, literally, ever.
JENNIFER LOPEZ IN “LATINA” MAGAZINE
OK, fine. Some things actually never change. Or age.