A Look at the Body Piercing and Jewelry Icons of the Years Gone By

Body piercings have been around for centuries and we really don’t know who started what trend. But there are some icons of our times who have manged to make uncommon or lesser known and practiced piercings much more common and popular. Let’s look at some of these famous people who have revolutionized the body piercing world.

Elayne Angel – A professional body piercer and body modification enthusiast, Angel is well known for her ‘angel wings’ back tattoo and for being the first person to register a tattoo with the United States Patent and Trademark Office. Her technical contributions to the field of body piercing include the invention, naming and popularizing of several piercing. She is also widely credited with popularizing and promoting the tongue piercing.

Janet Jackson – The singing sensation has been a definite trend setter over the years. She has popularized many fashions, the most prominent being nipple piercings. The Super Bowl XXXVIII halftime show controversy is still fresh in everyone’s minds. Janet’s wardrobe malfunction resulted in the world knowing that she sports nipple piercings. Since then, the trend has caught on and nipples have become one of the most pierced body parts.

Alicia Silverstone – Navel piercings have definitely been around for very long, but their popularization is generally accredited to the ‘Clueless’ girl. In the 1993 Aerosmith music video for the song “Cryin'”, Alicia Silverstone has her navel pierced. That is when the trend hit mainstream and girls all over the world wanted their navels adorned with jewelry pieces.

Victoria Beckham – Posh Spice is popular for many things fashionable. It is no surprise then, that she also has some responsibility for giving the world one of the most fashionable piercings – a labret or lip piercing. When Victoria appeared in public wearing a lip ring, she was brutally attacked by the media and the ring later turned out to be a clip on. But that did not change the fact that she had influenced a whole bunch of youngsters who couldn’t wait to wear lip jewelry. The trend has since become one of the hottest.

There have been many more people responsible for making piercings and different jewelry pieces popular. The ones mentioned above, though, seem to be the most prominent ones. Thanks to them, the world of body piercings has become much more fashionable!

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