Back in the day, it was damn near impossible to find someone who didn’t think Topanga Lawrence was one of the most beautiful people in the world. Some wanted to be her and others, like my guest this week William Hinson, wanted to be with her. She wasn’t the only one though. The 90s were overflowing with people just like Topanga who made us all envious or enter crush mode. People like Rachael Leigh Cook, who I talked at length about earlier this week, and many other Tiger Beat Scene Queens. Since we’ve already noted Topanga – Danielle Fishel – and Rachael, we’re going to take a look at some others who made the ‘90s one of the most crushworthy decades ever.
Before there was Topanga, there was Winnie Cooper. A girl next door for the ages, Winnie was Kevin Arnold’s first love on ‘The Wonder Years’ and likely many ‘90s kids’ first ship.
Tia and Tamera Mowry
If there was one thing the ‘90s loved, it was pimping out twins and siblings. I mean the Olsens, Culkins, Lawrence brothers, and these two even came with a bonus brother, Tahj. Anyways, Tia and Tamera made waves with their own show, ‘Sister, Sister,’ but also hooked everyone even more with their Disney movies, ‘Twitches.’
Melissa Joan Hart
Speaking of witches…Melissa Joan Hart is known around the world for her role in ‘Sabrina, the Teenage Witch,’ but what I’ve always loved about her is that her career really has been one people my age have been able to follow. We watched her explain the world as kids on ‘Clarissa Explains It All,’ deal with teenage drama on ‘Sabrina,’ saw her grow up on ‘Melissa & Joey,’ and then become a mom on the short-lived ‘No Good Nick.’ Those ‘90s shows though, ugh…was there anyone cooler?
Y’all know I love the ‘90s but there are a few things I just do not get from that time and ‘Dawson’s Creek’ is one of them. I realize how beautiful Katie Holmes is and how her Joey was quintessential ‘90s girl iconic, but yeah…I’ll just let y’all have this one.
Okay, so I’m looking at everyone on this list and I’m like…so we can all agree the ‘90s had the best teen idols, right? Brandy included. We first fell in love with her music and then she gave us what is arguably one of the best interpretations of ‘Cinderella’ and then ‘Moesha.’ Brandy, truly one of a kind!
Sarah Michelle Gellar
Like ‘Dawson’s Creek,’ I did not fuck with ‘Buffy,’ but I knew and know how rabid fans are for this show and just what Sarah Michelle Gellar did for many back in the day. Buffy was a badass that inspired, and for that, we salute.
The ‘80s had Winona Ryder and the ‘90s had Christina Ricci. Ironically they both played Cher’s daughters in ‘Mermaids.’ Anyways, Ricci was and will forever be the face of Wednesday Addams, but for me – it’s ‘Now & Then.’ Her as Roberta? *chef’s kiss*
Will Smith was undeniable on ‘The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air,’ but we cannot deny that many crushed on his on-screen cousin, Tatyana Ali. Plus, “Daydream” is forever a favorite.
Like I was going to list ‘90s crushes and leave off Alicia Silverstone? As if! She has done more in her career, but hey – when you score a role like Cher in ‘Clueless,’ you own that shit until the day you leave this earth in a white jeep in an Alaia.
Saved by the Bell (Lark Voorhies, Tiffani Thiessen, and Elizabeth Berkley)
In listing Tiger Beat Scene Queens (which I totally want to name a band after) I realized that ‘Saved by the Bell’ had such a strong trio that I had to just put them together because the power they hold, immaculate. Lark Voorhies, Tiffani Thiessen, and Elizabeth Berkley played Bayside High’s triple threat. Everyone who watched was enamored by at least one aspect of each of them. I personally wanted Lisa’s confidence and wardrobe, Jessi’s smarts (and height), and Kelly’s ability to make Zack swoon. What say you?