Girl Icons of the 80’s and 90’s

By Viva Bianca & Victoria Khroundina


Punky Brewster

This little, one shoe red, one yellow, blue denim jean-wearing, pig-tailed rebel was the cutest and coolest cat for us 80’s youngins. That she had a burger phone in her bedroom was the cherry on top!



Brenda Walsh

Admit it, there was only one girl you truly worshipped on the original Beverly Hills, 90210, when it exploded onscreen in 1990 and changed the landscape of teen shows forever. The raven-haired, rebellious Brenda was the antithesis to the two blondes on the series—the perfect Kelly and the ditzy Donna—and it was Brenda who first dated every 90’s girl favorite heartthrob, Dylan McKay.

pippiPippi Longstocking

While Pippi was actually conceived in the 40’s, she had a welcomed renaissance in the 90’s. The daughter of a buccaneer captain, Pippi is admirably independent, free spirited, and a skipping library of adventure stories. Like Peter Pan, she never wants to grow up and ridicules pompous adults who take life too seriously. Pippi’s best friends are her speckled horse and monkey, and she has the superhuman power of being able to lift her horse with one hand.


Rizzo (from Grease)

Who didn’t wanna be Rizzo in Grease? Okay, maybe you were a Sandy girl… But let’s face it, Rizzo was the bomb and the Pink ladies “ruuule the school”! With a tough, sassy exterior and a secretly soft heart buried beneath, Rizzo was a pop culture icon for feminism in the late 70’s, 80’s, and 90’s.



Missy Piggy

Beginning her career on The Muppet Show as a minor character, Miss Piggy proved so popular that she was given a starring role—which is precisely was she wanted. A mangalitsa—who has a penchant for leopard print, pearls, and the finer things in life—Missy Piggy is convinced that she is destined for stardom. But behind that narcissistic, often crass exterior, Missy Piggy was ultimately feminine and strangely human.

Tank Girl-

Tank Girl

The true badass of the late 80’s and 90’s, Tank Girl first came out as a comic strip character in magazines, which later spawned its own series and eventually a cult film starring Lori Petty. The comic strip was heavily influenced by punk visual art and the ensuing character drove a tank, was an outlaw, dabbled in drugs, and had a mutant kangaroo for a boyfriend.


Mia Wallace from Pulp Fiction

“Don’t you hate that? (Uncomfortable silence). Why do we feel it’s necessary to talk about bull in order to feel comfortable?” The iconic black bob with bangs, those red finger nails, and the way Mia would dance with abandonment had the entire world spell bound by this mid-90’s pop culture femme fatal.


Cher from Clueless

She was deeply superficial, but Cher from the iconic 1995 film Clueless (based on Jane Austen’s novel Emma), had her heart in the right place and was so busy matchmaking others that she forgot to find love for herself. Although she had the best wardrobe in the world and was the most popular girl in school, Cher taught girls everywhere that what really matters was someone solid to call your own.


Carrie Bradshaw

When Sex And The City hit silver screens in 1998, TV was revolutionized forever. However frou-frou and superfluous the fashion aspect of the show was, female sexuality, bodies, sexual appetite, and girl talk were for the first time broadcast to the world. And the curly-haired, often single, deeply-flawed, yet gorgeous Carrie spoke to girls and women alike for over 16 years.


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