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17 Women I Was Infatuated With From TV And Movies Who, Ironically, Made Me Go "Hmm, I Might Be A Gay Man"

The Winx fan to gay man pipeline should be studied.

1. Of course, Mizz Sharpay Evans from the High School Musical trilogy is iconic, and she's what made the movies for me. If the gay gene was real, she activated mine.

Sharpay in "High School Musical"

2. Nikki Johnson's first scenes in Johnson Family Vacation instantly had me OBSESSED. The outfit, the hair, the attitude. She was the epitome of cool to me.

Nikki saying, "What? Now see you goin' a little far now. I ain't putting chocolate syrup in it."

3. Daphne Blake in the live-action Scooby-Doo movies kicked ass in killer boots, and she was my role model because of it. It ignited something in me.

Daphne saying, "Who's the damsel in distress now?"

4. As a kid, I would sneak around and watch Desperate Housewives when I could, and I fell in love (no hetero) with Gabrielle Solis. She was completely unfiltered and hilarious, not to mention, fabulous.

Gabrielle saying, "I feel a wave of morning sickness coming on and I want to be standing on your mother's grave when it hits."

5. Next are Sasha, Cloe, Jade, and Yasmin, aka the Bratz. The absolute GRIP these four had on me 😵‍💫 (both the dolls and the animated series). Every Saturday morning, I was parked in front of the TV watching the girls with the passion for fashion, and they ate every single look.

Various images of the Bratz

6. And while we're still talking about animated series, the girlies on Winx Club low-key made me want to be called a fairy! (I kid, I kid. Only I can make that joke.)

Image of the characters on "Winx Club"

7. I loved Raven Baxter in general, but her dazzling performance of "Shine" will be imprinted on my brain forever. This was her MOMENT. Raven had one shot, one chance to get to stardom, and she sure as hell gave it her ALL.

Raven performing "Shine"

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8. In later seasons of The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air, many boys I knew grew a crush on Ashley; meanwhile, I was in love with her clothes.

Ashley in "The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air"

9. I rewinded L.P.D.Z.'s closing musical number in The Proud Family Movie over and over and over. We don't talk about it enough! C'mon choreo!!! C'mon harmonies!!! C'mon girl power!!! Personally, I think this deserved to be a Disney channel classic like some of the Phineas and Ferb songs.

L.P.D.Z. performing on "The Proud Family Movie"

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10. Dionne Davenport from Clueless spoke to me more than Cher. She's part of how I realized, I'm a "Disco-dancing, Oscar Wilde-reading, Streisand ticket-holding friend of Dorothy" as her boyfriend put it.

Dionne in "Clueless"

11. Olive Penderghast in Easy A was such a badass that I almost forgot about all those shirtless Penn Badgley scenes. Almost.

Olive saying, "Oh, rats!"

12. Though I was, like, 8 when Confessions of a Teenage Drama Queen came out, I strongly identified with the teen Mary Elizabeth. We were both melodramatic and suffered from severe main-character syndrome. This is why representation is so important!!!

Mary Elizabeth in "Confessions of a Teenage Drama Queen"

13. Jackie Burkhart from That '70s Show was the it-girl of Point Place, and she had all her boyfriends wrapped around her finger. I was low-key jealous.

Jackie saying, "No, I don't really cook much. I just plan on getting by on my looks."

14. Post-makeover Andy Sachs from The Devil Wears Prada made working in a toxic work environment look so glamourous. This whole movie is gay cinematic art.

Andy in "The Devil Wears Prada"

15. The Barden Bellas in their revolutionary, final Pitch Perfect performance awakened something in me. After this, I reached a point on the Kinsey scale from which I could never return.

The Barden Bellas on "Pitch Perfect"

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16. If Glee wasn't a big enough wake-up call to me, my adoration for Quinn Fabray should've been. The power she wielded in those halls, the grace she had, the softness of her singing voice...a queen.

Quinn on "Glee"

17. This brings me to the last of the gay awakenings: Santana Lopez. She's one of my fave TV characters of all time for many reasons, but especially because she was groundbreaking representation for bitter teen gays everywhere.

Santana Lopez in "Glee"

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