35 Hilarious Pictures of Cheerleaders from the '80s and '90s
Love 'em or loathe 'em, there's no denying that cheerleaders are generally very attractive. Men want them (even if they pretend not to) and, at some point or another in their lives, women want to be them (even if they pretend not to).
That being said, not even cheerleaders are immune to the unfortunate trends in style and fashion. In fact, they may very well be even more susceptible than the rest of us. Their over-the-top looks probably stunned in the '80s and '90s, but today they stun for much different reasons.
Here are 35 hilarious pictures of cheerleaders from the '80s and '90s.
The haircut of that Raiderette is straight up out of control. It was from 1986, which means it had to have been inspired by Markie Post's signature look in Night Court.
That haircut is something special.
The look of this Rams cheerleader looks like it was probably inspired from Olivia Newton John's "Let's Get Physical" shtick that rocked the '80s.
My word, that's some big hair.
The Lakers girls celebrate Julius Erving's last game by smiling adoringly and doing their hair exactly the same way. Seriously—was a big feathered perm the national dress code back then?
It's just hard to imagine that every woman in America would do this to themselves willingly.
Speaking of big feathered perms! I'll see yours and raise you some caked-on pastel makeup.
That girl is too pretty to be covered by a thick layer of clown paint.
The Dolphins cheerleaders used to dress more like Playboy Bunnies than cheerleaders. They probably altered that weird little neck thing to avoid a lawsuit.
They should've gone with a bowtie anyway. Hugh Hefner doesn't seem like the litigious type.
Apparently, the crazy Stanford Tree was always as crazy as it is now—perhaps even crazier. These days, it looks nuts, but can you see what it looked like back in the late '80s?
That being said, those Oregon State cheerleaders look pretty thrilled to be in a dancing threesome with it. That tree has got game.
The only thing that screams '80s louder than a big, crispy perm is a snug pair of spandex pants. Apparently, that's what the Buffalo Jills used to rock back in the day.
You can't see the bottom of the photo because it had to be cropped, but I promise you those spandex pants are paired with a couple of scrunchy suede boots.
Spandex and suede…what in the hell?
The Dallas Cowboys cheerleaders may be the only squad in the NFL whose uniforms haven't changed at all since the late '70s. I suppose you don't mess with perfection.
The uniforms are perfection, the hair and makeup are not.
Those big-haired beauties of the (then) Los Angeles Raiders look awfully happy to be hanging with Hall of Fame running back O.J. Simpson.
Imagine the scene if he was standing next to them just a few years later.
This Eagles cheerleader uniform is one of the best old-school classics. I love how they made the Eagle grabbing a football with its talons, just so there was no confusion.
This way, you know they're football cheerleaders, rather than basketball cheerleaders who got lost on their way to the stadium.
I hardly noticed this Buccaneers cheerleader is dressed like a pirate wench because she has the biggest hair in the history of big hair. That mane probably had its own zip code in the Tampa area back in the day.
Aquanet has always had a small, but fanatic and loyal, customer base dedicated to keeping them in business. It takes a lot of hairspray to look that silly.
Cheerleaders for professional sports weren't always the well-oiled machines they are today. They used to be a much more live-and-let-live kind of operation.
There are quite a few girls in that photo just doing their own thing.
This West Virginia cheerleader's look is pretty goofy, yet endearing. It's definitely something that went out of style a long time ago, but she's definitely rocking the hell out of it.
She looks like a popular girl foil to Molly Ringwald in a John Hughes movie.
The Getty Images library says those butts belong to Miami Hurricanes cheerleaders. Generally, I'm inclined to believe them, given it's their library, but the colors don't seem to be right.
Either way, those are some unfortunately fitted bodysuits. Nothing like cheering all days in the sun with a massive wedgie.
The 49ers cheerleaders have always struggled to come up with a theme for their uniforms. Sexy gold miners probably wouldn't work, so they've been trying different things every few years for decades.
In the early '90s, it looks like they settled on a cowboy theme, judging by the fringe on their tops. Not sure why they decided to go with a loin cloth on the bottom though.
I wonder if that Raiderette is pointing up because that's the direction a ponytail is traditionally supposed to face, rather than sagging awkwardly to one side or another.
Then again, it's also supposed to contain one's hair. What a mess.
There was no descriptive caption to go along with this series of photos, which obviously wasn't enough to prevent me from sharing it.
I have no idea what's going on here, but if I had to guess I'd say that these are the Bills or Patriots cheerleaders in London.
Today, the Oregon Ducks cheerleaders are drooled over by damn near every red-blooded straight man in America. And even as a straight woman, I totally get it.
Although, it seems they weren't always such seductive sex pots. The Ducks cheerleaders from the early '90s were far less ostentatious.
Um yeah. The Patriots cheerleaders used to take that whole "Patriot" thing way too seriously. Either that, or they weren't terribly creative.
That is the most literal definition of the Star-Spangled Banner I've ever seen. They just took a flag and added spangles to it.
These were the Buffalo Jills uniforms at Super Bowl XXVII. A sequined crop top, strange jean shorts and cream-colored cowboy boots—this was presumably the best of their best.
I'd hate to see which uniforms didn't make the cut.
The Dallas Cowboys cheerleaders, however, brought their A-game to Super Bowl XXVII. Not that I'd have expected anything else from these ladies.
This is why you should always go with something classic, rather than being a slave to trends. Extremely ugly trends.
This one actually isn't all that hilarious. If that's naturally curly hair, rather than a ridiculous perm, that Michigan State cheerleader wouldn't look terribly out of place today.
Minus the scrunchie, of course.
This photo was very ill-timed for that L.A. Baptist cheerleader, which is unfortunate. Also unfortunate? That French braid—what a mess. It looks like she had it done on Thursday before the game and just let it ride.
Wow. Are those the 49ers cheerleaders from 1994 or the 49ers cheerleaders from the time of the actual California gold rush?
Or…ya know…some time in American history when women were only allowed to show their naked ankles in public.
These are just…not good.
USC cheerleaders haven't changed much in the last 25 years, which is definitely a good thing. The hair may be a bit smaller, but the sweaters, skirts and pompoms are all the same.
You know what they say: If it ain't broke, don't fix it.
The Jaguars always seem to be tweaking their uniforms to make them less offensive to the eye. Unfortunately, more than minor tweaks are required to fix something that starts off this horrible.
This is one of the only cheerleaders in the entire Getty library that isn't smiling, and I think I know why. It's because she's embarrassed.
These are actually cheerleaders from the second season of the World League of American Football, which was an American football league that lasted in Europe from 1995-2007.
I'm not so sure about football in Europe, but I'm definitely sure about those uniforms. Who knew a bra top and a tutu would work so well together?
NBA dancer uniforms remain stuck in the '80s to this day. There's something about tight workout wear with sequins and basketball that just can't be separated.
That's why these Bulls dancers really stand out. They'd actually look more modern than modern uniforms if it wasn't for the ridiculous clown wigs.
Congratulations to the Panthers for finding a uniform capable of making beautiful and physically fit women look oddly shaped and uncomfortable.
Those things are like those old lady bathing suits that have the giant ruffle around the waistline. A weird bathing suit and a Santa hat. Awesome.
This is a uniform that never should've happened. High-waisted spandex shorts, pantyhose and a crop top paired with various hair disasters.
Pantyhose with shorts is always a really strange look. Is bare leg skin really that big of a deal?
I didn't pick this one because the style is particularly funny. I picked it because everything else about it is funny.
The look on that guy's face is priceless.
Looks like not much has changed down in Gainesville. Smoking hot girls in stunningly tiny outfits.
Just another day in the swamp.
This is obviously where things started to take a turn for the better, in terms of hair styling. The late '90s still had plenty of fashion disasters, but massively large hair and perms were pretty much gone.
This uniform still has a ways to go, but it's a step in the right direction.
A more modern look hit Miami in 1998, which means it should be making its way to Cincinnati any day now!
The Ben Gals look pretty much the same today as they did in 1999.
This one was tagged 1999 by Getty, but there's no way in hell that's accurate. Those Farrah Fawcett inspired locks are straight out of the '70s or '80s.
That look actually holds up way better today than much of what came after it.
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