James Dean Tops 100 Icons of Converse

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James Dean Tops 100 Icons of Converse


Featuring the Converse icons, the celebrities represent every genre and memorable period of the brand's colorful 100 -year history.

Topping the list of glittery icons is actor James Dean. The original Hollywood '50s heartthrob rose to popularity after his untimely death at the age of 24. He received numerous awards including two Oscar nominations making him the first actor to be given a posthumous citation. He was an idol of many Hollywood legends including the King of Rock and Roll Elvis Presley. He was recognized as one of the "100 Sexiest Stars" in film history and ranked #33 in "Top 100 Movie Stars of All Time" by the Empire magazine.

The next icon is Miami Heat's dynamic shooting guard, Dwyane Wade also known as "Flash" or "D' Wade." One of the most admired players in the NBA, his NBA jersey was a top seller for almost two years. The Most Valuable Player in 2006, Converse created a special pair of shoes called "Wade" in honor of the youth icon.

American journalist Hunter Thompson is the next Converse icon. The creator of Gonzo journalism, a style of reporting where the writer is the central figure of the story, he rose to popularity with the release of his novel "Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas." A film about his journey to Las Vegas with his lawyer Oscar Zeta-Acosta, the novel later on became a film which starred Johnny Depp and Benicio del Toro. Another film on Thompson was "Where the Buffalo Roam" about his attempt to write stories for the Super Bowl and the 1972 US presidential elections.

Sex Pistol's Sid Vicious is the next Converse icon. …

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