She's the (Wo)Man of Leather!
Amanda Laura Bynes (born April 3, 1986) is an American actress and aspiring fashion designer. A staple on kids' television shows during the late '90s, Amanda continued on with a film career with several notable successes. She has remained in the public eye largely due to transition issues related to changing her image from that of a child star to an adult woman.
Amanda is from Thousand Oaks, California, the youngest child (of three) of Lynn and Rick Bynes. Her mother is Jewish and her father is Catholic, and her ancestry stems from Ireland, Poland, Romania and Russia, by way of Canada on her mother's side. Amanda has stated that she has not chosen a religion. She started her career at age seven, appearing in television advertisements, and moved on to several theatrical productions.
|Amanda as a child star|
Her big break came when Amanda was chosen in 1996 to play a supporting role in "All That," a Nickelodeon comedy review. She proved so popular with sketches such as "Ask Ashley" and the Star Trek spoof "Space Sketch" that she assumed a lead role within a few years, essentially elbowing out some of the young stars who had preceded her and leading the show until 2000. While on the show, she also was the lead panelist on "Figure It Out" from 1997-1999" and played herself on "Blue's Clues." She continued on with "The Amanda Show" from 1999-2002, which established her as an iconic star of the younger set. Other, smaller tv roles followed over the next half-dozen years.
Having completely conquered the Nickelodeon audience, Amanda moved on to feature films. She debuted in "Big Fat Liar," a minor success, and went on to other successful films such as "She's the Man" and "Hairspray." Her final film was released in 2010, "Easy A," for which she was nominated for "Best Line From a Movie at the 2011 MTV Movie Awards. She all along had won many major awards during her tv career at the Nickelodeon Kids' Choice Awards, such as "Favorite Movie Actress" and "Favorite Television Actress" in 2003, a rare double play. She even had some singing success with the cast of "Hairspray" in 2007 and was a magazine cover girl.
|Amanda all grown up|
As the years went by, Amanda showed many of the sorts of issues that have plagued child stars since the advent of Hollywood. She began dressing in provocative fashion, wearing edgy fashions, and apparently making tweets which some considered bizarre and many of which she later disavowed and ultimately deleted. While she has every right to wear whatever she wants and say/tweet anything she desires, some of her choices perplexed her mainstream audience. A number of rumors circulated about allegedly bizarre behavior, some of which may have been true, but rumors swirl around all edgy celebrities. A series of traffic incidents escalated into a bust for marijuana possession and related charges at her apartment in New York City in 2013. She accused the arresting officer of sexual harassment. Some time later, in July 2013, she was observed in a stranger's driveway not far from her childhood home starting a fire which involved her dog and which put her at risk. She was detained and put on a psychiatric hold, with her mother put in charge of her finances. She wound up hospitalized in some sort of institution at her parents' and doctors' request.
|Amanda Bynes in 2013|
Fortunately, Amanda pulled through and went home in December 2013. She has pulled her life together, and appears to have followed through on some statements she made in 2012 that she was retiring for good from acting. Reports are that Amanda is studying fashion design in Los Angeles and looks forward to a career in that field. As the photos will attest, Amanda always has shown a sharp fashion sense, especially with her footwear.
|Amanda during her infamous drug bust|
Many former child stars can no doubt relate to Amanda and her issues with returning to a normal life after her enormous early success on television and in film. It is easy for others to have a sense of schadenfreude at Amanda's difficulties, but if ever there were a poster girl for victims of the Hollywood child star system and growing up in the public eye only to see one's prominence later dwindle, Amanda is it. The important thing is that she survived, got help thanks to her loving parents, still looks terrific and appears to be back on track. While Amanda appears to be following through on her determination to leave acting behind, no doubt she would have no difficulty resuming that career at any time should she so desire. In any event, Amanda has stated that she is set for life and ready to move on, and good for her.
|Amanda with her mother at a 2014 fashion event|
There is no question that Amanda Bynes is extremely talented and quite pretty. We wish Amanda all the best, and wish to show our appreciation for her obvious skills with this selection of hot pictures of Amanda wearing leather!
|Amanda has a knack for wearing very stylish shoes|
|Amanda wears boots with the best of them|
|Amanda has a thing for leather clutches and bags|
|Amanda out and about during her wild phase|
|Very pretty high heels|
|Yes, that is Amanda under there|
|Nice shoes as always, Amanda's personal fashion trademark|
Below is Amanda in a 2007 interview that is eerie in hindsight. Things actually got much worse for her after this report and she hit bottom less than a year later.