George Michael’s “Freedom! ’90” will always and forever be one of my favorite songs and videos. The iconic music video features supermodels Naomi Campbell, Linda Evangelista, Tatjana Patitz, Christy Turlington, and Cindy Crawford (and male models John Pearson, Scott Benoit, Mario Sorrenti, Peter Formby, and Todo Segalla) all lip-synching to the epic pop hit. In fact Michael (due to being fed up with the media) never physically appears in the video but rather through symbolism – his signature leather jacket, a jukebox, a guitar. What a boon that ended up being, because this steamy, unforgettable video was the result!
Released in 1990 the song marks a transitional period in pop culture: a departure from 80’s hair bands, right on the cusp before the grunge movement took off. Those were the days, weren’t they?