Natalie Imbruglia’s “Torn”

It used to be that there were two distinct types of pop princesses: the sexed-up virgins (the Britneys) and the angsty, angry-yet-sad girls next door (the Alanises). While generally divided by the amount of clothes deemed necessary to complete an outfit, the groups seemed to also be segregated by hair color (blondes = the innocent flirts, brunettes = tortured ex-girlfriends). 1998’s MTV Best New Artist, Natalie Imbruglia fits snugly in the latter category—complete with Delia’s-worthy, piecey, flipped-out hair, huge Juicy-Tubed lips, and those baggy pants that somehow still convince viewers that there's a bangin' bod beneath.

It's her 39th birthday, and with just a handful of days before Valentine's, today's the perfect opportunity to revisit the everlasting breakup anthem that is "Torn." You definitely know the song (it topped the Billboard radio airplay charts for 14 straight weeks), but do you recall the weird video? Maybe it's trying to say that relationships are just figments of our imaginations, tainted by the unrealistic expectations nailed into our heads thanks to 90s sitcoms and Pottery Barn. And that Natalie is too cool and energetic for boring male catalogue models. Let's go for a memory jog, press play above.

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  • Chrissabella

    Great post and what a throwback, I remember copying her outfit :)

    Greetings from London,

  • Jennifer Monforton

    I remember being obsessed with this video when it came out. A friend of mine chopped her hair solely because of Natalie's look. Great feature! xo

  • Talia

    >< Dragon print baby tees.

  • Clever Girl Reviews

    God, I loved baby tees. I had a collection. I actually miss them because they fit my large boobs and tiny waist so much better then anything on the market today!

    • Jen Anne Ritter

      Let's bring back '90s fashion,shall we? :D

  • Isabel

    I was at a party a few years ago and this random guy looked at me, did a double take, and blurted out "you look like Natalie Imbruglia" by way of a greeting. He looked like he hadn't meant to say it out loud, it was awkward.

  • Kasey Michelle

    I remember loving this music video and the song. Natalie rocked!

  • Neelam

    Her eyes are absolutely stunning!

  • Aubrey Green

    She's beautiful.

  • Tara Howisey

    She's adorable. Love that about the 90's - so many looks were totally gorgeous with minimal makeup.

  • Claire

    Delia's!!!! Wow, that takes me back...

  • Aveira

    I loved her haircut and outfit