Ray-Ban aviators had a practical purpose before Tom Cruise made them mainstream in Top Gun. They were originally designed for pilots and even General MacArthur wore them publicly during WWII, but they weren’t mainstream until Top Gun. Tom Cruise also popularized another type of Ray-Bans - The Wayfarer. Before Risky Business Ray-Bans had sold about 18,000 units. After the movie they sold 360,000 and continued to grow from there, thanks to Miami Vice, Moonlighting, and more.
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