A Look Back at Raquel Welch’s 8 Most Iconic Style Moments

The Golden Globe Award winner skyrocketed to fame in the 1960s.
Raquel Welch

Raquel Welch.

Raquel Welch, actress and icon of the 1960s and ’70s, died at the age of 82 on Wednesday. Her manager, Steve Sauer, confirmed the news to People, adding that Welch’s passing was due to an illness.

The statement further read, “Her career spanned over 50 years starring in over 30 films and 50 television series and appearances. The Golden Globe winner, in more recent years, was involved in a very successful line of wigs. Raquel leaves behind her two children, son Damon Welch and her daughter Tahnee Welch.”

In honor of Welch’s decades-long career, let’s look back on some of her top iconic style moments throughout the years below.

Raquel Welch in an undated portrait from the early 60s.

Welch starred in the 1966 film, Fantastic Voyage, but it wasn’t until the Golden Globe Award winner’s appearance in One Million Years B.C., which was released the same year, that she truly skyrocketed to fame. 

At a party for the latter film, Welch wore a white evening gown paired with long gloves and a fur coat—the epitome of old school Hollywood glamour.

Raquel Welch posed in front of a movie poster for her breakout film, ‘One Million Years B.C.’

Although she didn’t have many lines of dialogue in One Million Years B.C., Welch quickly became known as a Hollywood sex symbol for the fur bikini she wore throughout the movie.

Raquel Welch on set of her iconic role in ‘One Million Years B.C.’

The actress played a character called “Lust” in the ’67 comedy Bedazzled. We’d be remiss not to include Welch’s embellished sequined and fringe bikini from the major motion picture. 

Raquel Welch as Lilian Lust in ‘Bedazzled.’

The same year, Welch starred in the British spy comedy Fathom. Her tied-up yellow button-up top and matching sunny bikini bottoms from the film’s set created an iconic snapshot, which also included a stylish mid-60s bouffant.

Raquel Welch on the set of ‘Fathom.’

Welch also was featured in the 1968 crime film The Biggest Bundle of Them All. The film poster features the actress in the white bikini pictured below, along with the tagline, “This is the world’s sexiest robbery!”

Raquel Welch on the set of ‘The Biggest Bundle of Them All.’

Welch scored the titular role in 1970’s Myra Breckinridge, in which she sported a red, white and blue cut-out swimsuit, paired with crimson opera gloves, a cowboy hat and white boots.

Raquel Welch in ‘Myra Breckinridge.’

In a 2017 interview with The Sunday Post, Welch revealed, “My whole career has been about being noticed, just like any other actor or actress, so I am grateful that people are still interested.”

She also noted that before her breakout role in One Million Years B.C., she maintained a fairly low-profile career.

Raquel Welch in an undated portrait from the 70s.

“Both [that film and Fantastic Voyage] made a huge difference to my career,” she said at the time. “Overnight, I found myself in demand.”

Welch was once named to Empire magazine’s list of “100 Sexiest Stars in Film History” and was similarly named among Playboy’s “100 Sexiest Stars of the Twentieth Century.” The actress also served as a creative director at HairUWear.

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Cara O’Bleness


Cara is a trending news writer/editor for Sports Illustrated Swimsuit. A passionate writer and editor with more than 10 years of experience in print and online media, she loves storytelling and believes that words have the power to change the world. Prior to joining the team, Cara worked as a writer and editor across a number of content verticals, including food, lifestyle, health and wellness, and small business and entrepreneurship. In her free time, Cara loves reading, spending time with her family and making her way through Michigan’s many microbreweries. She is a graduate of Michigan State University's School of Journalism.