10. ANY of the Spice Girls
GIRL POWER! Platform pumps, crazy hairstyles, ‘little Gucci dresses’… The Spice Girls were the embodiment of ’90s feminism. Everyone had a favorite, whether it was innocent Baby Spice, sexy Posh Spice, or in-your-face Scary Spice– the world was theirs to influence and they more than left their mark. Also, you can thank them for the majority of peace-sign pictures c. 1997. Feel free to burst into the chorus of Wannabe at any time.
9. Gwen Stefani
Gwen Stefani is credited with influencing women to pursue careers in a genre that is primarily male dominated. Her style is fresh and unique, and she stands as an advocate for women’s equality, then and now. Of course we idolized her in the ’90s! In fact, most of us still do.
8. Mandy Moore
Mandy Moore was able to pull off the rarely accomplished innocent-but-sexy style and we’re all still envious of her for it. Her real fame actually hit when she played the doomed Jamie Sullivan in 2002’s A Walk to Remember, but prior to that, she was a staple and icon for most of our childhoods.
7. Tiffani Amber Thiessen
Hello there, Kelly Kapowski. Who WOULDN’T envy the girl who can still look fan-freaking-tastic with feathered bangs. On Saved By The Bell, she struggled with real problems while still looking fabulous, making her feel like the older sister we always wanted.
6. Danielle Fishel
Danielle Fishel played adorable, earth-loving, top-of-the-class Topanga Lawrence in the popular ’90s sitcom, Boy Meets World. She was strong while being feminine, something that today’s teen stars can only aspire towards… and she did it with a head of enviously beautiful hair. We wanted to be her almost as much as we wanted to date her co-star, Rider Strong (and tbh, still do).