Even after you’ve traded in school uniforms for business-casual ones, given up on getting that trend right, and finally put down that hideous but really, really expensive bag replica, totems of popularity don’t quite lose their power. Years later, they can still carry the weight of fitting in or the fear of standing out; they capture bygone struggles with body image and gender presentation, and symbolize Longchamp bags outlet a growing awareness of race and class.
We talked to a slew of mean girls, nerds, and outcasts, plus the self-described “second or third most popular girl in my high school.” Now they’re artists, writers, actors, and athletes. (Turns out, Judy Blume struggled in middle school, too.) Here, 16 women on the shoes, bags, clothes, and brands Longchamp outlet they loved above all else.
Molly Ringwald, actor and writer:
“By the time I was in high school, I was deemed the most popular teenager in America.
Since I was working so much, I didn’t really pay much attention to the issue of popularity at school. The John Hughes films I made were much closer my middle-school experience. When I was coming-of-age, California blondes were it. I was a freckled, auburn-haired kid, and I definitely didn’t feel bags replica confident in my appearance. In sixth grade, my mother made me a Hawaiian shirt out of fabric I had picked out. It was red and black with little flecks of gold. I loved it and saved it for picture day, when all the kids informed me that wearing red and black on Friday meant you were a whore. I didn’t even know what that meant.”
Mariah Nielson, curator and design historian:
“At 12, I switched from Waldorf to public school. As soon as the sixth grade started, I was acutely aware of the tension between girls and boys, and the competitiveness Longchamp outlet between girls. I quickly understood that boys ‘liked’ girls with big boobs, that wearing tight or revealing clothes got you more attention, and that Keds had to be crisp white. I couldn’t achieve any of these things, as I was flat-chested, wore oversize hand-me-downs, and lived on a dirt road.”
Lisa Lucas, executive director of the National Book Foundation:
“I went to an almost entirely white private school when I was young. Everyone wanted to be Punky Brewster, and meanwhile, I loved her black friend Cherie. There was always Longchamp handbags replica something that people were doing with their hair that I couldn’t do. I was never gonna look like the girls on the cover of The Baby-Sitters Club, but in seventh grade I switched to public school, where I was suddenly Longchamp handbags outlet surrounded by all these beautiful brown and black girls. I remember the ground shifting underneath me. What I had come up believing was hip changed in a minute, and I was in this real hurry to figure out how to do my hair and dress.