The Most Iconic Lips
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Mouthing Off1 of 9
By Emily Hebert for ELLE
Naomi Campbell and Christy Turlington composed two thirds of the "Trinity," a trio of supermodels (Linda Evangelista was the third) who roared onto the scene in the late 1980s. This photo was taken in 1990, a year before the pair's statement pouts stole the show at Versace: They walked the runway while lip-syncing George Michael's "Freedom."
Express Yourself2 of 9
Lucille Ball's alter ego, Lucy Ricardo, got into one hilarious predicament after another in I Love Lucy. Signs of panic included a wide-eyed stare and, of course, an expressive red mouth—one that husband Ricky often tried to keep quiet with a well-timed "Luuuuucy!"
Plump It Up3 of 9
In the super-steamy Nine 1/2 Weeks, Kim Basinger plays Elizabeth, a woman that begins a complicated affair with a mysterious stranger (Mickey Rourke). During the sex games that ensue, Elizabeth takes on a submissive role—and is extremely orally fixated! Whether it's her nails, a ribbon, or food (who can forget the erotic eating scene?) Basinger's plump pout gets star billing.
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Her exposed leg may have stolen the show at this year's Oscars—but Angelina Jolie's famously full lips have the last say.
Pout It Out5 of 9
Scarlett Johansson is a beauty chameleon; her hairstyles, hair color, and makeup are in constant flux. One thing that remains the same? Her famously voluptuous pucker.
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All Shook Up6 of 9
His gyrating hips made girls dizzy with desire, and his pompadour was nothing short of perfection. But Elvis Presley's lips stand out as his most memorable physical feature: Whether curled at the corner in song or stretched into a lopsided grin, they were a major asset to his image.
Red Hot7 of 9
Whether shiny or matte, Dita Von Teese is known for her expertly painted red lips. "The first time I wore red lipstick was in the ’80s, when everyone was wearing pearly beige-y pinks," she says. "I was completely bowled over by the splash of color it gave, and I haven't stopped wearing it since." To maintain her appearance, Von Teese stockpiles tubes of her favorite rouge hues and has "at least five drawers" of lipstick.
Perfectly Drawn8 of 9
Sure, she's a cartoon. But that doesn't make the impact of her overdrawn lips any less real. Jessica Rabbit-themed makeup tutorials abound on YouTube, and boldly outlined puckers are the common thread.
Legendary Lips9 of 9
Leaning in with lowered lashes, Marilyn Monroe knew how to make her signature red lips the center of attention. Add a breathy voice and curvy figure to the mix, and it's no wonder why she remains a sex symbol to this day.
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