Lengthy Stay ’90s TV Magnificence

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I know, I know – it is practically impossible to write down the timeless beauty of the 90s in an article, no matter how ambitious. Everyone has their own little bag from the 90s that they love to have nearby. her own mental photo album of the greatest beauty hits of the decade. I would not have dared to throw my hat in the ring until I saw Living Single for the first time. The show revolves around six friends experiencing all kinds of personal and professional adventures in New York, and there is serenity. But before I finished season one, I paused more than just watching so I could save screenshots to save. I loved Regine's doll-like femininity and the wild-catch HBIC energy that Khadijah carries in her closet and her uncomplicated makeup. And then there's the infinitely creative hair. Noteworthy is Maxines, who sets a standard for bob braids that only competes with Moeshas.

This started my wormhole visiting TV again in the 90s. But I'm not angry that my queue is full of nostalgic shows – it makes for a soothing nightcap, like hanging out with an old beast. But the beauty! I adjust to that. Here is my catalog of onscreen muses that I've long appreciated, starting with …

Josie Packard in Twin Peaks

David Lynch has made a career focusing on seductive, emotionally unavailable women who are simply not beautiful in this world. I know a lot of people have been influenced by the girlish charms of Audrey Horne and Donna Hayward, another concerned beauty, but I noticed Josie Packard. Her purple lips implied her strength when her character was more reserved, and her ink cut, which looked best combed and separated, was fresh in a world where more retro ideas of femininity took the lead.

Pam Martin

Pamela James in Martin

The girl knew how to joke! Comebacks' Serena Williams, Pam, regularly tidied up Martin and his friends and did so in two parts with perfect hair. Her focal point was a ponytail or some other style that pushed the hair off her face … she had to endure one eye, with her perfect eyebrows framing the way. She was relentlessly independent and difficult in personality – I can tell!

Laura Winslow

Laura Lee Winslow on family matters

Quality television is when you can see how characters come to themselves during a show. For Laura, that meant her quirkiness turned into a joke and her makeup and hair shifted from childish (she was a child, after all) to the soft, minimal aesthetic that defined the decade. I wouldn't say that braids with ribbons are the best look to debut a character, but when I saw her hug a light chignon and brown lip as the show progressed, I dreamed of growing up. My favorite haircut? The Nia Long Pixie, which reminds me that …

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All women in the fresh Prince of Bel-Air

… were deities. It's incredible that the bank's women have always found ways to bring their individuality to their looks. Props to the costume and makeup department because there was never a point where I wasn't inspired by all the members of the ensemble. Hilary made me get thin eyebrows so I could confuse her all day, too. Ashley made me take scissors to my t-shirts and get bangs. Vivian Banks (the first) made me take a dance class and try a hot press – just not in that order. All of Will Smith's love interests were also independent muses. I don't know if Will always deserves Lisa's persistent smoky eye or Jackie's shiny honey brown hair (and patience), but I loved seeing her stories unfold.

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Fran Fine in the nanny

A style icon, if there ever was one, but also a shining example of the socially responsible use of a bump-it. When I saw The Nanny again, I found a new appreciation for leg care … what body oil did she use?

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Dana Scully in the X-Files

The canonically practical FBI agent Dana Scully has a subtle glamor: her auburn hair, her ability to wear a full face of makeup with glasses, her love to wear a bare lip. At the same time, she works on her computer by candlelight. She was slightly more brilliant than her buddy Fox Mulder, but always open-minded and knew how to curl the ends of her bob like that.

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Angela Moore in Boy Meets World

Seeing Angela on Boy Meets World was refreshing, not only because she had a full, dimensional arc, but also because, despite her less than perfect background story, she was allowed to be vulnerable and compassionate. And I think … she was the first black "hipster" I ever saw on TV. To date, I've never seen anyone on the small screen whose bantu knots meet box braid hairstyles. I will never forget how affirmative it was to see a black girl who was creative, naturally wore her hair (if she felt like it!) And was with the cutest man on the show.

There are so many more to add to the list, but this is a good place to start, isn't it? Before my eye wanders in the direction of early thoughts … let me know who your favorite 90s beauty babe is.

– Give Mbagwu

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