Over the last 20 years, body piercing has become entirely mainstream, and a recognized part of our culture. Before the ‘90’s, body and facial piercings were only seen on Punks, and the underbelly subcultures. Like so many trends that start out in small numbers, by 1993 body piercing was rocking the mainstream market. Teenage girls and young women everywhere started piercing their navels in droves after seeing Alicia Silverstone have hers done in the monumental “Cryin’” video by Aerosmith. However, Alicia was not the first to wear this sexy, sparkly look. In 1993, before Alicia’s hit the airwaves, Christy Turlington tantalized spectators when she bared her newly pierced navel on a London catwalk.

Piercing back in ’93: Alicia Silverstone in the “Cryin'” Video.

Presently, it is nothing new by any means for celebs to be sporting piercings, belly button or otherwise. The list is long when it comes to stars who let their tummies shine with a pierced navel: Gwen Stefani, Britney Spears, Miley Cyrus, Jessica Alba, Kim Kardashian, Christina Aguilera, Kelly Clarkson, Beyonce, Paris Hilton, Gisele Bundchen, Bar Rafaeli, Demi Lovato, Vanessa Hudgens, Kate Hudson, and Adriana Lima- just to name a few.

Miley Cyrus shows off her pretty belly button ring.

Pierced noses are also quite hot in Hollywood- Christina Aguilera, Pink, Madonna, Miley Cyrus, Alyssa Milano, and Kelly Clarkson have all donned a beautiful pierced nose. While Scarlett Johanssen, taking her own direction, has had her nostril and septum pierced.

Christina Aguilera, Rihanna, Lenny Kravitz, and Nicole Richie are some of the celebs who’ve had their nipples pierced. Pink, so fond of her fans, even released a video of the process when she had her nipple pierced. And who could possible forget Janet Jackson’s infamous “wardrobe malfunction” when she “accidentally” revealed to the world, during the Super Bowl, her pierced nipple and gleaming silver nipple shield?

Rihanna shows off her nipple piercing with subtlety and glam.

Fergie is perhaps one of the only leading ladies in Hollywood today who has an eyebrow ring. Janet Jackson, Pink, and Drew Barrymore have each had pierced tongues at some point in time. While Benji Madden, Mya, and Amber Rose have pierced lips. Christina Aguiler, definitely among the most pierced in Hollywood, has also flaunted a Monroe labret piercing at times.

Amber Rose’s pierced lip.

So, piercing is hot. Celebrities and common folk alike really love to pierce this and that, and have the ability to wear shiny jewelry in unconventional places. Some like it tame- a simple little glittery belly piercing; and some like it really, really shiny and have lots of holes pierced throughout their bodies. Either way, piercings are not merely a trend that will be fading soon- they’re beautiful, fun, and an amazing way to adorn oneself! Take a cue from the stars- there are so many ways to shine in the limelight.

Unconventional Beauty: Christina Aguilera is an avid fan of piercings, and has had 12 of them.

 

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