As you know, the Life magazine photo archive is now online. We've been showcasing images of women in different decades. Although Life was a weekly until 1972, it hung around as a monthly until 2000.
But as the decades wore on, the magazine became less and less about America and more and more a celebrity-oriented publication; hence this star-filled edition of "The Way We Were: The '80s" (Previously:the '70s, the 60s, the '50s, '40s and the '30s.) In addition, we found very few Life covers from the '80s, though we did find covers of sister publication Time, so we threw those in. You do what you can!
And now: The 1980s.
Spin class 1.0! Why are there no shoes here? No Reeboks behind the iron curtain?
LOL at Bea Arthur's face. She is NOT amused.
These were the days. Diane von Furstenberg wasn't wearing a wrap dress and Calvin Klein was married to a woman.
Creepy but cool.
Acid wash denim jacket FTW.
Not to be confused with Imelda Marcos.
What shall we call this hue of hair? Lemon? Goldenrod? Taxicab?
Yes. Thank you.
Oprah is saying, "I'm not as think as you drunk I am!"
Only in the '80s would you unveil your swimsuits on models wearing ballet flats and long scarves.
At the time, these eyebrows made a statement.
Those pink shorts are adorbs.
Aren't you just dying to go wherever they're are going?
Asian people! This is from a story called "Whiz Kids."
Wow. Just… wow!
'80s red carpet: Not boring.
So curious as to what these ladies are doing now.
Every decade: The same cover!
Sigh. We all know how this ended up.
What? Where? Why?
Who is that little girl behind Jamie Lee Curtis? And is she thinking, "Why is she wearing pantyhose?"
Big hair? Check! Off-the-shoulder neckline? Check! Intense pink hue? Check! Giant ruffle? Check! Floofy skirt? Check! Practical pumps? Check!
Life Magazine Photo Archive [Google]
Earlier: The Way We Were: Life Magazine Photos Of Women In The 1970s
The Way We Were: Life Magazine Photos Of Women In The 1960s
The Way We Were: Life Magazine Photos Of Women In The 1950s
The Way We Were: Life Magazine Photos Of Women In The 1940s
The Way We Were: Life Magazine Photos Of Women In The 1930s