I spent my teenage years in the 90’s. Which means (as I’ve posted several times before, like here blog-challenge-20-my-favorite-tv-show) I grew up watching Beverly Hills, 90210. And because it was the 90’s and the show was addictive and these girls (Brenda, Kelly, Donna and Andrea) were meant to be role models, I kinda idolized Shannen Doherty.
Shannen Doherty played Brenda Walsh. Brenda started out as a nice girl. A bit of a drama queen, but still she was a nice girl. But as Shannen Doherty’s real life antics and reputation began to catch up with her – or maybe it was vice versa – Brenda became more of a bitch and people hated them both.
Shannen was said to have been fired from BH, 90210 (but who ever really knows the truth, right?) because of attitude, conflicts and her personal life spiraling out of control. But I never gave up on Shannen. I have, and always will be, a fan.
I don’t want to say I was obsessed with Shannen/Brenda but I did revere her immensely. She had style, she exuded confidence, she was (is) gorgeous and she told it like it was. Like Jennifer Aniston started “The Rachel” hairstyle, Shannen Doherty started “The Brenda Bangs” and I wanted them soooo badly!
Unfortunately, I have naturally curly hair and the 90’s preceded hair straighteners (at least for me) and I ended up looking, as my friend Heather says, like I had a wallet stuck to my head! (I was going to post a photo here of my 15 year old self with my Brenda Bangs but I decided not to do that to you. )
My first ever purchased* YM Magazine (is that even still made??) I picked up solely because Shannen was on the cover.
(*My first EVER YM Magazine was purchased by my aunt, Donna, because it had Christian Slater on the cover and we both loved him.)
In the 8th grade I had seen this photo of Shannen in Seventeen magazine (which I think I eventually ripped off from the school library – and felt bad so I donated a bunch of other crappy magazines to replace it):
That summer, my mom and I were in the City shopping and I came across a similar one and my mommy, being as awesome as she is, bought it for me.
It’s exactly the same color, although you can’t tell from the crappy picture. And it doesn’t have the fur collar but other than that it’s the same one Shannen rocked. Of course, in the *ahem* few years that have passed since Junior High I’ve gotten taller and longer and the jacket doesn’t quite work anymore.
Last year I really wanted Shannen’s book, BADASS. And my lovely honey bunny bought it for me for Christmas.
I finally got around to starting it the other night (I’ve been addicted to my John Grisham books, sorry Shannen) and it is very insightful. We have a window into some of the things that caused Shannen’s bad girl behaviour, and for the most part, she owns up to it. She’s now moved on from bad girl to Badass. And she owns it!
If you have the opportunity, pick up the book (just please, don’t rip it off from your library) and give it a read. And become a fan of Shanned Doherty once again. She deserves a second chance.
And remember, don’t judge a book by its cover…unless the book is BADASS.