When we think of the women that inspired us in the 80s, we don’t just think of the most popular stars of the day.

Instead, we think of the quintessential ‘It’ girls who, for a brief period, we all looked to for style and personality.

Lisa Bonet modelling in the late 1980s

In those days, there were female icons who turned everything they touched into gold.

In their honour, we’ve compiled a list of ten of the best It girls that the 80s had to offer, their styles ranging from simple to fabulously over-the-top.

Daryl Hannah posing in 1980

Scroll down for 10 It girls who ruled our 80s, and who probably ruled yours too.


10. Madonna

Madonna posing in 1984

This lady not only led the charts – Madonna led an entire nation of girls into her material world.

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9. Molly Ringwald

Molly Ringwald as Claire in 1985's The Breakfast Club

Thanks to films like The Breakfast Club and Pretty in Pink, we just couldn’t get enough of Molly Ringwald and her movies in the 80s. The kind of girl that we could all relate to, with a beauty that was all her own.

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8. Brooke Shields

Brooke Shields modelling in 1982

First coming to attention in 1980’s The Blue Lagoon, Brooke Shields was a model and an actress who stunned us all with her immaculate beauty.

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7. Cyndi Lauper

Cyndi Lauper flaunting her unique style in 1983

Anyone who struggled with their appearance in the 80s could take a page direct from singer Cyndi Lauper‘s playbook: Just Have Fun!

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6. Tiffany

Singer Tiffany posing in 1988

Tiffany’s hit cover of I Think We’re Alone Now rocked the malls of our nation in the late 80s. Her cute style made us all relate to her even more.

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5. Daryl Hannah

Daryl Hannah as Madison in Splash

This blonde bombshell didn’t even have to say a word to get our attention in her hit 1984 movie, Splash.

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4. Carrie Fisher

Carrie Fisher in her Princess Leia bikini from Return of the Jedi

In Return of the Jedi, Carrie Fisher played an intergalactic prisoner who was forced to wear this gold bikini. Nobody complained.

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3. Janet Jackson

Janet Jackson posing in 1986

This young star of the Jackson family went on to inspire young girls worldwide with her music and fashion sense.

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2. Lisa Bonet

Lisa Bonet modelling in 1988

Star of The Cosby Show and Angel Heart, Lisa Bonet’s spunky and beautiful style inspired many girls in the 80s.

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1. Demi Moore

Demi Moore posing in 1982

The sultry star of 80s hits including St Elmo’s Fire, Demi Moore’s long locks and girl-next-door looks made us all jel.