The decade of the 1990s can be described as a period of revolution. From technology to the media industry, everything altered in a novel way. Decade of the 1990s was memorable. The world was advancing rapidly, and everyone desired to perform better than before. Nonetheless, this era also birthed to the most famous people plastered in all media platforms today.
Read on for this article will introduce us to notable individuals born in the 1990s.
Margot Elise Robbie was born on 2 July 1990 to Scottish parents in Dalby, Queensland, Australia. Her physiotherapist mother is Sarie Kessler, and her father is Doug Robbie. She is one of four children in her family, with two siblings and one sister. She graduated from Somerset College in Mudgeeraba, Queensland, Australia, a suburb in the Gold Coast hinterland of South East Queensland, where she and her siblings were raised by their mother and where she spent a significant amount of time at her grandparents’ property. She migrated to Melbourne, Victoria, Australia in her late teens to pursue an acting career.
Robbie rose to fame by co-starring opposite Leonardo DiCaprio in Martin Scorsese’s 2013 Oscar-nominated film The Wolf of Wall Street, portraying Naomi Lapaglia. She was nominated for numerous accolades, including the Breakthrough Performance MTV Movie Award.
She portrayed Jane Porter in The Legend of Tarzan (2016), Tanya Vanderpoel in Whiskey Tango Foxtrot (2016), and DC comics villain Harley Quinn in Suicide Squad (2016), for which she was nominated for a Teen Choice Award and numerous other accolades.
She portrayed figure skater Tonya Harding in the 2017 biographical film I, Tonya, for which she was nominated for the Golden Globe Award for Best Actress in a Comedy or Musical.
Emma Charlotte Duerre Watson was born in Paris, France to British attorney parents Jacqueline Luesby and Chris Watson. At age five, she moved to Oxfordshire, where she attended the Dragon School. Emma knew at the age of six that she wanted to be an actress, and she spent several years studying singing, dancing, and acting at the Oxford branch of Stagecoach Theatre Arts, a part-time theatre school. By the time she was ten years old, she had performed in and assumed the lead role in numerous Stagecoach productions and school plays.
Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone (2001), the film adaptation of J.K. Rowling’s best-selling novel, began casting in 1999. Emma was discovered by casting agents through her Oxford theatre instructor. After eight consistent auditions, producer David Heyman informed Emma, Daniel Radcliffe, and Rupert Grint that they had been cast as Hermione Granger, Harry Potter, and Ron Weasley, respectively. Emma made her big-screen debut with the 2001 release of Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone. It was the highest-grossing film of 2001, breaking records for opening-day and opening-weekend sales. The film and the performances of the three principal young actors were praised by critics. The Daily Telegraph, a widely circulated British newspaper, deemed her performance “admirable.” Emma received the Young Artist Award for Leading Young Actress in a Feature Film after being nominated for five accolades for her performance in the film.
Emma became one of the most well-known actresses in the world after the debut of the first installment of the wildly successful franchise that still has great influence in today’s culture. She continued to portray Hermione Granger in all of the Harry Potter films for nearly a decade.
Emma received the Calvin Klein Rising Star Award at the ELLE Women in Hollywood Awards in 2012. Emma received the Trailblazer Award at the MTV Movie Awards in April 2013 and the Woman of the Year Award at the GQ Awards in September 2013. In addition to her acting career, Emma is a UN Goodwill Ambassador promoting gender equality and women’s empowerment. In May 2014, Emma graduated from Brown University.
Emma starred in the 2017 films Beauty and the Beast (2017), one of the highest-grossing films of all time in the United States, and The Circle (2017), a dramatic melodrama.
The Weeknd is the stage moniker of Abel Makkonen Tesfaye, a Canadian singer, songwriter, and record producer. Many of his compositions were uploaded to YouTube under the alias ‘The Weeknd’, which led to his recognition. After being inspired to become a singer by the legendary Michael Jackson, he was subsequently influenced by R&B artists such as Aaliyah, Missy Elliott, Timbaland, and The Neptunes. He began his career by distributing mixtapes for free on his own website. His three mixtapes, ‘House of Balloons,’ ‘Thursday,’ and ‘Echoes of Silence,’ assisted him in establishing a devoted fan base. All of his studio albums were well received by critics. As a youth who suffered from shyness and insecurity, Tesfaye made deliberate efforts to avoid the spotlight early in his career. He avoided interviews and did not even use his own image on the covers of his mixtapes. On Twitter, he interacted with his followers. However, his confidence grew as his songs began to lead charts around the world. He has previously collaborated with Kanye West, Beyoncé, Ed Sheeran, Kendrick Lamar, and Drake, among others. Tesfaye, who desires to be remembered for his individuality and distinction, began with his most recognizable characteristic, a hairstyle inspired by Jean-Michel Basquiat.
Klay Alexander Thompson is a professional basketball player for the ‘Golden State Warriors’ of the ‘NBA’ (National Basketball Association) league. Thompson has a passion for athletics. He was introduced to the sport at a young age, as his father was a basketball champion. Being an athlete herself, his mother also encouraged Thompson’s athletic endeavors. Thompson played collegiate basketball for three years at ‘Washington State University,’ where he was a two-time first-team all-conference selection in the ‘Pac-10 Conference.’ The ‘Golden State Warriors’ selected him as the eleventh overall selection in the first round of the 2011 ‘NBA’ draft. Throughout his tenure, Thompson has established numerous records. He holds the ‘NBA’ regular season records for the most points scored in a quarter and the most three-pointers made in a single postseason. Additionally, he holds the ‘NBA’ playoff record for three-pointers made per game. In 2015, he led the ‘Warriors’ to their first ‘NBA’ title since 1975. Together with his colleague Stephen Curry, he set an NBA record of 484 three-pointers in a single season.
Selena Gomez, full name Selena Marie Gomez, (born July 22, 1992 in Grand Prairie, Texas, U.S.), is an American actress and performer who gained legions of young fans as the charming star of the Disney television series Wizards of Waverly Place (2007–2012) and as a pop vocalist.
Gomez was reared in a Dallas suburb and was named after the popular Tejano singer Selena Quintanilla-Perez. Gomez auditioned for a role on the PBS children’s television series Barney & Friends and, as a result, appeared frequently on the show from 2002 to 2004. After making her film debut in the 2003 family film Spy Kids 3-D: Game Over, she auditioned for the Disney Channel, which lead to a guest appearance on The Suite Life of Zack and Cody. On the 2007 Disney sitcom Wizards of Waverly Place, Gomez was cast as Alex Russo, a mischievous tomboy with supernatural abilities. The show, for which she also sang the theme song, was an immediate hit with preteens, and she was compared favorably to the channel’s most promising newcomer, Miley Cyrus.
Gomez entered the music industry as the lead singer of Selena Gomez & the Scene, a pop ensemble influenced by electronic music that produced several dance hits. Before announcing its breakup in 2012, the group released the albums Kiss & Tell (2009), A Year Without Rain (2010), and When the Sun Goes Down (2011). Gomez launched her solo career with the 2013 album Stars Dance, which included the seductive single “Come & Get It.” The subsequent solo albums Revival (2015) and Rare (2020) yielded the hit ballad “Lose You to Love Me.”
As Gomez transitioned into adulthood, her relationship with pop singer Justin Bieber undoubtedly increased her prominence. She was also well-known for her philanthropic efforts, which she carried out primarily through UNICEF, which appointed her a humanitarian ambassador in 2009. In 2015, Gomez disclosed she was diagnosed with lupus. As a consequence of the disease’s complications, she underwent a kidney transplant in 2017. In 2020, Gomez disclosed that she had been diagnosed with bipolar disorder. In the 2022 documentary Selena Gomez: My Mind and Me, she discussed her mental health and fame-related struggles.
Justin Bieber, born Justin Drew Bieber on March 1, 1994 in London, Ontario, Canada, is a Canadian singer and adolescent idol whose youthful good looks and catchy pop songs ignited a worldwide craze in 2009.
Bieber was reared in Stratford, Ontario, Canada, by a single mother, and as a child he learned to play the drums, piano, guitar, and trumpet. In 2007, he placed second in a local singing competition, and his mother uploaded a video of his performance to YouTube for family and friends who were unable to attend. Later, she uploaded additional amateur videos in which Bieber sang popular rhythm-and-blues (R&B) songs and occasionally accompanied himself on acoustic guitar; they quickly attracted a wider audience than their creators had anticipated. Among those who viewed Bieber’s recordings was music promoter and talent agent Scott (“Scooter”) Braun, who invited the 13-year-old Bieber to record demos in an Atlanta studio. Bieber arranged an informal audition with R&B singer Usher, whom he met during his stay. Late in 2008, Usher helped sign Bieber to a recording contract, influenced by his inherent confidence and vocal ability.
As Bieber entered maturity, his fame frequently eclipsed his music. His romantic relationships (including those with Selena Gomez) and occasional run-ins with the law garnered him considerable tabloid attention. With each of its first three singles reaching number one on the Billboard Hot 100 chart, his 2015 album Purpose found an audience beyond his adolescent fan base. Additionally, in 2015, Bieber contributed vocals to Jack Ü’s Grammy-winning electro-pop single “Where Are Ü Now.” The subsequent collaborations with other musicians produced several popular tunes. Bieber married model Hailey Baldwin in 2018, and their relationship inspired the 2020 album Changes. Justice, his sixth studio album, was released in 2021.
Jennifer Lawrence is often cited as the most successful actress of her generation, as she was the highest-paid actress in the world in 2015 and 2016 and her films grossed over $5.5 billion worldwide. In addition, she is the first individual born in the 1990s to win an Oscar for acting.
Jennifer Shrader Lawrence was born in Louisville, Kentucky, on August 15, 1990, to Karen (Koch), a camp director, and Gary Lawrence, a construction worker. She has English, German, Irish, and Scottish ancestry. She has two older siblings named Ben and Blaine.
Her breakthrough performance as Ree in Winter’s Bone (2010) earned her Oscar and Golden Globe nominations. Shortly thereafter, she was cast as Mystique in the franchise reboot X-Men: First Class (2011), which went on to become a success during the summer of 2011. Lawrence landed the role of a lifetime when she was cast as Katniss Everdeen in the 2012 film adaptation of the literary phenomenon The Hunger Games. The film went on to become one of the highest-grossing films of all time, grossing over $407 million at the US box office, propelling Lawrence to the A-list of young performers and actresses. Lawrence reprised her role in The Hunger Games: Catching Fire (2013), The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1 (2014), and The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 2 (2015), all of which were released in November.
In 2012, the romantic comedy Silver Linings Playbook (2012) earned her the Academy Award, Golden Globe Award, Screen Actors Guild Award, Satellite Award, and the Independent Spirit Award for Best Actress, among other honors, making her the youngest person ever to receive two Academy Award nominations for Best Actress and the second-youngest Best Actress winner.
She played Roselyn Rosenfield in David O. Russell’s popular drama-comedy American Hustle (2013) and inventor Joy Mangano in another family comedy, Joy (2015), for which she received Oscar nominations (Best Supporting Actress and Best Actress, respectively) for both roles.
Miley Ray Cyrus, née Destiny Hope Cyrus (born November 23, 1992 in Franklin, Tennessee, U.S.), is an American singer and actress whose performance on the television program Hannah Montana (2006–2011) and its related soundtrack albums launched her to fame.
In 2005, Cyrus auditioned for the lead role in Hannah Montana, a Disney Channel series about a girl who, with the aid of a blonde wig, leads a double life as a normal middle school student and a glamorous pop singer. Although executives initially believed she was too small and immature for the role, she persevered and won the part. The program debuted the following year (with Billy Ray as her TV father) and became an instant hit, setting cable television ratings records and transforming the 13-year-old into a bona fide star. In an effort to capitalize on the show’s apparent youth-market appeal, the Hannah Montana soundtrack album was released in 2006 and eventually sold over three million copies. It was followed by the equally successful Hannah Montana 2: Meet Miley Cyrus (2007), a double CD with fifty percent of the material under Cyrus’s own name.
Cyrus released Bangerz in 2013, which differed from her previous work in its incorporation of hip-hop influences and its frequent focus on adult themes. Her new style was exemplified by the single “We Can’t Stop,” a bouncy tribute to hedonism that she performed at the MTV Video Music Awards in a controversially provocative manner. The lament “Wrecking Ball” became Miley Cyrus’s first number-one single on the Billboard singles chart. She then deviated from the mainstream with Miley Cyrus & Her Dead Petz (2015), a collection of loosely psychedelic songs recorded in large part with the rock band the Flaming Lips and released online for free. One of the ballads and country-influenced tracks on Younger Now (2017) was a duet with Dolly Parton. Plastic Hearts (2020), a rock-infused studio album by Miley Cyrus, further demonstrated her versatility.
Timothée Chalamet, full name Timothée Hal Chalamet, (born December 27, 1995 in New York City, New York, United States), is an American actor known for his sensitive portrayals of complex characters in independent films and blockbusters, as well as for his artful wit in ensemble comedies.
Chalamet grew up in a Manhattan apartment he shared with his mother, a former Broadway dancer and actress; his French-born father, who worked at UNICEF; and his older sister, Pauline, a ballet dancer and actress (who rose to prominence in 2021 after being cast in the HBO series The Sex Lives of College Girls). They lived in the same building as Chalamet’s grandmother on his mother’s side, who was also a Broadway performer. He was fluent in French and spent his vacations near Lyon, France.
Chalamet’s triumph came in 2017 when he starred in the adaptation of André Aciman’s 2007 novel about first love, Call Me by Your Name. He portrayed Elio, a cosmopolitan Italian teenager in the 1980s who fell in love with Oliver, his father’s summer intern. Chalamet’s performance garnered acclaim and a legion of admirers. He also became the youngest actor to be nominated for an Academy Award for best actor in 80 years. Several films, including Lady Bird, Hostiles, and Hot Summer Nights (2017), soon followed. Chalamet then appeared opposite Steve Carell in Beautiful Boy (2018), a drama about substance addiction based on the memoirs of a father and son.
In addition to receiving praise for his acting, Chalamet was praised for his appearance on the red carpet. It was stated that he ushered in a new generation of masculinity that embraced emotional vulnerability and gender-fluid attire. Since Chalamet did not work with a stylist, he made all of his own fashion decisions, favoring designers such as Haider Ackermann, Alexander McQueen, and Stella McCartney. At the 2019 Golden Globes, Chalamet wore a Louis Vuitton sequin harness, and at the 2022 Academy Awards, he donned a cropped, shimmering jacket from Vuitton’s women’s wear collection without any undergarments. Chalamet is a suitable candidate to cohost the 2021 Met Gala, the annual benefit for the Costume Institute of the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City, due to his unexpected appearance.
Zendaya began acting as a youth, performing in productions at the California Shakespeare Theater and other theaters near her Oakland, California, hometown. In 2010, she earned her first television role on the popular tween comedy series Shake It Up, and in 2013, she released her self-titled debut album. Following another Disney series, K.C. Undercover, Zendaya made the transition to film in 2017 with Spider-Man: Homecoming and The Greatest Showman, before shedding her benign image with the drama Euphoria.
Zendaya was known for her interest in fashion in addition to her acting, dancing, and performing. She frequently drew attention at red-carpet events with her daring, whimsical attire, including at the 2015 Academy Awards, where she wore an off-the-shoulder ivory gown with dreadlocks. The following day, Zendaya addressed the inherent prejudice in the hairstyle after a commentator made questionable remarks about it. She remarked, “There is a thin line between humor and disdain…. In today’s society, African American hair is already subject to severe criticism…. The purpose of my donning locks on the Oscars red carpet was to promote their positive image. The commentator issued an apology, and Mattel quickly designed a Barbie figurine based on Zendaya’s red carpet attire. Zendaya introduced her clothing line Daya in 2016. She then collaborated with American designer Tommy Hilfiger on the 2019 debut of Tommy x Zendaya. In that year, the collection received acclaim for its autumn show in New York, which featured 18-to-70-year-old Black models, including Pat Cleveland, Beverly Johnson, Veronica Webb, and Grace Jones.
the 1990s introduced us to numerous notable figures who are still influential today. Indeed, these personalities are as iconic now as the decade of their birth.