25 of History's Greatest Style Icons, Ranked

Teach us your ways, oh great ones

In a world full of boring red carpets lined with stylist-approved iterations of the same gown, it’s refreshing to be reminded that there are (and were) celebs who go (and went) against the grain. Here, 25 style icons, ranked from “Can we be you?” to “Seriously, can we please be you?”

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25. Bianca Jagger

Really makes us wish we had gone to Studio 54.

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24. Courtney Love

Kind of a mess but you know you wanted those slip dresses.

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23. Tilda Swinton

There's a very real chance she might be an alien…and we mean that in the greatest way possible.

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22. Cate Blanchett

Oft confused with the previous, Blanchett takes almost as many risks, just in a slightly more elegant way.

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21. Grace Kelly

Regal as hell.

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20. Diana, Princess Of Wales

Same, TBH. 


19. Kate Middleton

Making princess fashion accessible since 2010.

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18. Brigitte Bardot

The hair envy is real.

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17. Grace Jones

The definition of fierce.

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16. Marilyn Monroe

Just as chic in high-waisted bikinis as she was in cropped pants and sweaters.

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15. Lupita Nyong'o

The cape dress that launched a billion girl crushes. 

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14. Jenna Lyons

Quirky and wonderful.

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13. Lauren Hutton

Ageless, timeless, classic. 

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12. Beyonce

Bow down.

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11. Mary-kate And Ashley Olsen

Proving it’s OK to never not wear black, especially as a package duo.

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10. Solange Knowles

Sorry, Bey, but Solange has the edge here.

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9. Diana Ross

Seventies glamour at its finest.

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8. Katharine Hepburn

No dresses, no problems. 

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7. Kate Moss

No bras, no problems.

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6. Stevie Nicks

When you have a type of sleeve associated with your name, you've made it.

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5. Madonna

Decades later, the cone bra is still iconic.

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4. Cher

Thank God for Bob Mackie.

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3. Rihanna

Dare we say...the modern-day Cher?

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2. Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis

But it's not all shock and sparkles that make an icon. You still need the patron saint of prep.

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1. Audrey Hepburn

Cliché as it may be, there’s a reason her posters decorate one in every three college dorm rooms.

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