Our Favorite Denim Moments Throughout The Years

In honor of Levi's 501 jeans celebrating their 140th birthday today, we rounded up some of the best images of celebrities and tastemakers in jeans throughout the years, from Marlon Brando and Brigitte Bardot to Gwen Stefani and Nicole Richie.
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  • Levi’s is celebrating a big birthday today, as their iconic 501 jeans turn 140! Designed with the modern worker in mind, the 501--otherwise known as the original blue jean--is consistently evolving with a number of stylish fits and washes. To show our love for the wardrobe essential, we’ve rounded up some of our favorite denim looks throughout the years. Click through  to see iconic blue jean moments from tastemakers then (Marlon Brando and Brigitte Bardot) and now (Alexa Chung and Nicole Richie), and shop new 501 styles today!

  • Marilyn Monroe
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    Marilyn Monroe

    Marilyn's take on tomboy style is priceless.

  • Marlon Brando
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    Marlon Brando

    Brando is the epitome of bad boy cool in this iconic movie. We're particularly keen on his cuffed jeans and motorcycle boots combo--a look we're going to borrow immediately.

  • Brigitte Bardot
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    Brigitte Bardot

    The blonde bombshell manages to look tres French (thanks to her chic chapeau) and very all-American (fitted blue jeans) simultaneously, and the combination is simply stunning.

  • George Michael
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    George Michael

    George Michael gave Brando's biker look the '80s treatment when he styled worn-in, light-wash jeans with a hand-painted Birmingham Small Arms leather jacket.

  • Bruce Springsteen
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    Bruce Springsteen

    Remember the cover of Born In The USA? The Boss is wearing Levi's, just as you'd expect.

  • Cindy Crawford

    In 1991, it didn't get sexier than supermodel Cindy Crawford in her cutoffs.

  • Nicole Richie

    Richie gives her skinny denim a rest for Levi's low-slung, cuffed jeans.

  • Alexa Chung

    A polka-dot shirt lends Chung's high-waisted 501shorts a playful flourish.

  • Alessandra Ambrosio

    Denim cutoffs, especially slightly frayed 501s, are a summer staple for Ambrosio.

  • Gwen Stefani
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    Gwen Stefani

    Nobody can pull off the baggy denim look better than Stefani.

  • Rihanna

    We love the Rihanna pairs her Levi's cutoffs with spring must-haves, such as an army jacket and choker necklace.

  • Jennifer Aniston

    Off the clock, Aniston keeps it cool and classic in slouchy Levi's jeans and a fitted tank.

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    501 Shorts ($58) in Sun Blocked

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    501 Shorts ($58) in Bright Idea

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    501 Jeans for Women ($98) in Sun Bleach

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    501 Jeans for Women ($98) in Dark

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    501 Shorts ($58) in Patched White

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    501 Jeans for Women ($98) in White Pigment

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