The words "goth" and "celebrity" go together like black lipstick and a smart suit. In other words, it's an unexpected combination. You wouldn't think there would be that much crossover between the mainstream glamor of the ultra-famous and the moody cool of the goth aesthetic. It's not often you see a celeb strut the red carpet in the darkest makeup imaginable and a leather corset. No one's wearing a cape made out of spider webs or sporting gigantic spiked hair – at least not with enough frequency for it to become a trend.
But if you look back at some celebrities' earlier days, you're bound to uncover some edgy, goth-y, punk rock wardrobe choices. Some celebs who went through a major goth phase probably won't surprise you – Winona Ryder was known for her "unconventional" appearance – while others will definitely come as a shock. Who knew Ivanka Trump had such a rebellious streak in her youth?
These famous people who used to be goth may have outgrown that phase of their lives, but the memories live on forever.
Christina Hendricks is best known for her role on Mad Men, so you probably associate her with that sophisticated '60s aesthetic. So it may come as a surprise that, in high school, Hendricks was pretty darn goth.
Hendricks went on the Late Show with Stephen Colbert and was met with some goth-tinged photos from her past.
Birthplace: Knoxville, Tennessee, United States of America
Credits: Mad Men, Drive, Detachment, Life as We Know It
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Elizabeth Hurley definitely had a punk phase, as she told Hello! in 2015:
"When I was a teenager, I had pink hair, a nose ring and ripped up clothes. I wasn't rebelling against anything though, it was just fashion. Plus, I really loved the music and still often have the Clash blasting."
She also elaborated on her reasoning behind her edgy teenage aesthetic:
"I think what happened is that so many men took an interest, I wanted to make
myself look as ghastly as possible."
Birthplace: Basingstoke, United Kingdom
Credits: Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery, Bedazzled, Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me, Serving Sara
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Winona Ryder has earned some goth credentials for her film roles, but she was just as moody off-screen – check out her high school haircut.
After Beetlejuice came out, Ryder became inextricably associated with the goth aesthetic, as she told the Daily Beast:
“Beetlejuice was big... It was almost pre-goth, in a way. But we didn’t know that was going to be a big movie at all. And I was in high school when it came out, so I thought I was in this movie and it’s doing things and people are going to be nicer, and they were calling me a ‘witch’ and ‘a weirdo’ and throwing candy corns at my head! It was like I couldn’t win.”
Birthplace: Minnesota, United States of America
Credits: Edward Scissorhands, Black Swan, Girl, Interrupted, Dracula
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It's probably safe to assume that any woman dating Marilyn Manson went through a goth phase by sheer proximity to the spooky looking singer. McGowan began seeing Manson around 1997, and the pair even got engaged in 1998. They broke up in 2000 due to "lifestyle differences" – maybe the goth life got too much for McGowan.
Birthplace: Florence, Italy
Credits: Charmed, Planet Terror, Death Proof, Grindhouse
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