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Top 5 Most Iconic Images of Sunglasses

There are some photographs that transcend an entire decade or even a generation of people. Occasionally, sunglasses are featured in these momentous photographs. This is a list of the top 5 images throughout American history that prominently feature sunglasses.

  1. Elvis Presley wearing his 70’s style Aviators

This photo is very indicative of Elvis in the 70’s. While he enjoyed success with songs like “Burning Love” (1972), his health was declining with his drug use. This eventually led to the loss of a true American Icon in 1977. This picture depicts him wearing his flashy (albeit, cheesy by todays standards) aviators that were big in the 70s, and looking a little more worn out then the Elvis the public knew and loved for decades.


  1. JFK Wearing His Ray-Ban Wayfarers.

Easily one of the most famous photos of the 35th president, and one of the reasons that he is widely considered to be one of our “coolest presidents.” This photo perfectly depicts what the people saw him as, youthful, classy, and stylish. The younger generation today idolize him for these traits, as you are sure to find this picture hanging in dorm rooms around the country. He was one of the first presidents to be known for wearing his sunglasses, and certainly won’t be the last.


  1. General Douglas McArthur Wearing His Ray Ban Aviators

This photograph was the first real exposure the general public had to the Aviator frame by Ray-Ban. This famous photograph shows a satisfied General Douglas MacArthur enjoying his recent victory during the Second World War. Up until the end of the war, the Ray-Ban aviators were primarily used by the military, as it was designed for pilots. This photo showed the public that these glasses simply must be cool if General MacArthur was wearing them!


  1. John Lennon Wearing His Round Frame Sunglasses.

One of the more well-known pictures of the famous Beatle, this shows him wearing his beloved round sunglasses. These round glasses became a big hit in the 60’s and 70’s, especially with the hippie crowd. They owe their success largely to John Lennon who actually specifically designed the glasses that he was always pictured wearing. This photo pictures him with his classic no nonsense, rather judgmental, facial expression underneath his favorite pair of sunglasses.


  1. Audrey Hepburn in ‘Breakfast at Tiffany’s’

This has to take the number one spot, as it is easily the most recognizable photograph of one of the most beautiful women of the 20th century. It is the image most people conjure up when they hear the name Audrey Hepburn. This was taken from the movie “Breakfast at Tiffany’s,” and can be recognized by nearly everyone. It is for those reasons that this is the most iconic sunglass photo ever taken.

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