8 CHILDHOOD CRUSHES I WILL NEVER REGRET

While most of our childhood crushes break the cringe and awkward scales when we think about it now, we should never regret what our preteen hearts wanted.

1. Tiffani Thiessen

Saved by the Bell debuted in 1989, the same year I was born, so my crush on Kelly Kapowski blossomed between syndication and the cringe-worthy spin-off, Saved by the Bell: the College years. I just couldn’t get enough of her floral prints, or her acid-wash jeans, or her off the shoulder sweaters.

2. Hilary Duff

I was very fortunate that my childhood was filled with shows like Lizzie Mcguire, Even Stevens, and That’s So Raven, but I was even more fortunate that Hilary Duff was a part of that as well. I saw Hilary Duff as the girl that I would fall for in my math class, or at summer camp, or at another venue where my awkward-self would be struggling to interact with the opposite sex. She was the girl that didn’t intimidate you and the girl you would want to hang out with and return to her father before 10pm.

3. Alicia Silverstone

I’m not ashamed to admit that the first celebrity picture that graced my bedroom wall was a picture of Alicia Silverstone that I ripped out of one of my sister’s magazines (my magazine). Yes, she did grow up to be the mom that “mama-birds” her kids, but I will remember her as the sassy suburban white girl from Beverly Hills.

4. Amy Jo Johnson as the Pink Ranger

In my fantasy, I was the red ranger. I can’t tell you how upset I was when that pony-tailed green ranger, Tommy, showed up to win the Pink Ranger’s affections. That should have been me. Perhaps it was the Pink Ranger’s, or “Kimberly,” as I referred to her in my dreams, martial arts skills, or her amazing flexibility, or perhaps it was my raging hormones combined with my love of women in skintight costumes.

5. Sarah Michelle Gellar

My crush on Sarah Michelle Geller of course began when she was hunting down vampires, maintained steadily when she was trying to fight off a murderous fisherman, and grew some more when she was a total bitch in Cruel Intentions. I can say, with no shame, that I would have gladly taken any one of those versions of her.

6. Summer Sanders, Host Of Figure it Out

While all the attention was on a panel that usually consisted of Amanda Bynes, and some other kids from ”All That,” as well as who was going to get “slimed,” all my eyes could focus on was the host of Nickelodeon’s Figure it Out, Summer Sanders. Yes, she had the sex appeal of a third grade teacher, but I knew that off camera her sex appeal would be bumped up to that of a high school teacher.

7. Baby Spice

Don’t ask me what her real name is, I didn’t know what it was and I still don’t. The only thing I know was that this blonde, English gal was nicknamed Baby Spice, had massive platform shoes, sang songs that none of my male friends would ever know I knew all the words to, and captured my heart in the summer of 1997.

8. Cameron Diaz in the Mask

The Mask was one of my favorite movies as a kid and Cameron Diaz had about 95% to do with that. While I appreciate the fantastic comedic timing and delivery by Jim Carrey, I appreciate more the fact that my family owned a VCR that had a rewind button so that I could see specific Cameron scenes over and over again.

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