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44 Life-Changing Moments For Girls Born Around 1990

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1. Obsessively collecting Polly Pockets, Puppy in my Pockets, and Beanie Babies.

And being absolutely convinced that keeping them in pristine condition would make you a fortune one day.

2. But being equally obsessed with looking after your Baby Born, Tamagotchi, and Furby.

You treated them as though they were your children.

3. Listening to The Worst Witch on cassette and being unreasonably excited when they made a TV series of it.

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It now blows your mind that Felicity Jones used to play Ethel.

4. Owning every single piece of Spice Girls merchandise you could get your hands on.

And begging your mum to buy you white platform trainers like Baby.

5. Geri leaving The Spice Girls and your whole world falling apart.

You vowed never to buy her solo material because you didn't want to support her decision to quit the band.
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You vowed never to buy her solo material because you didn't want to support her decision to quit the band.

6. Finally getting Dream Phone and spending the entire week counting down to Friday night when you could play it.

Dream Phone, Top of the Pops, and microwave popcorn = the best sleepover ever.
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Dream Phone, Top of the Pops, and microwave popcorn = the best sleepover ever.

7. Not missing a single episode of Miami 7, Tracy Beaker, My Parents Are Aliens, or Kerching!

As soon as you got home from school, you turned on the TV.
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As soon as you got home from school, you turned on the TV.

8. Getting your first desktop computer and WordArt transforming your homework forever.

You had a favorite and it was probably the rainbow one.

9. And the first time you used Encarta made you feel so ~high-tech~.

But your teachers soon cottoned onto the fact that you were just copy and pasting.

10. The last time you ate any of these snacks.

Gone but not forgotten.

11. Begging your parents for Hush Puppies and chunky highlights so you'd look like Lizzie McGuire.

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They probably gave into the shoes, but not the purple highlights.

12. Collecting all the Princess Diaries, Mates Dates, Georgia Nicolson, and So Little Time books.

And wishing you were as cool as their protagonists.

13. The Girls in Love series being made into a TV series, and Ellie looking totally different to how you imagined her.

She was so slim!
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She was so slim!

14. Buying your first Tammy thong and pulling it up as high as you could.

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And insisting that thongs absolutely are comfortable to wear.

15. Watching The Blair Witch Project at a sleepover and not sleeping for a week.

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16. Watching Footballer$' Wives, Bad Girls, Cutting It, and Nip/Tuck religiously.

And having your mind blown when Tanya Turner went from Footballer$' Wives to Bad Girls and then back again.
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And having your mind blown when Tanya Turner went from Footballer$' Wives to Bad Girls and then back again.

17. When the first Harry Potter film came out and you realised it wasn't pronounced like "Her-meee-own-ee."

Going to see Harry Potter at the cinema was always a solid birthday party idea.
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Going to see Harry Potter at the cinema was always a solid birthday party idea.

18. And when everyone was either Team Harry Potter or Team Lord of the Rings.

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You had to choose. Liking both was not an option.

19. Really looking up to the "ladettes" of the early '00s.

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Zoe Ball, Sarah Cox, and Davina McCall were everything you wanted to be.

20. Being obsessed with the TV show Popstars because it made becoming a celebrity seemed 100% achievable.

And being outraged when you found out Kym Marsh had lied about having kids.
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And being outraged when you found out Kym Marsh had lied about having kids.

21. Feeling proud to be a woman when Girls Aloud beat One True Voice to the Christmas No. 1.

And then watching the video to "Sound of the Underground" on The Hits for the next year.
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And then watching the video to "Sound of the Underground" on The Hits for the next year.

22. Learning what heartbreak really felt like when Gareth Gates admitted he'd lost his virginity to Jordan.

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How could he?

23. Styling yourself based on these girl bands.

You'd have given anything to be in the Sugababes, Atomic Kitten, Girls Aloud, or Mis-Teeq.
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You'd have given anything to be in the Sugababes, Atomic Kitten, Girls Aloud, or Mis-Teeq.

24. When you got your first BaByliss Crazy Braid and your first BaByliss Crimping Trio.

You looked so cool.

25. Spending every night updating your MSN away message and talking to total strangers.

Until your mum needed to use that phone, that is.
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Until your mum needed to use that phone, that is.

26. Finishing every text with "xxx tb" just in case they didn't.

Back then, changing your friend's phone into Spanish was the funniest thing you could do.
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Back then, changing your friend's phone into Spanish was the funniest thing you could do.

27. Getting a Digibox, which meant you finally had access to the best reality TV out there.

You never missed an episode of The Simple Life, Room Raiders, Made, or Beauty and the Geek.
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You never missed an episode of The Simple Life, Room Raiders, Made, or Beauty and the Geek.

28. Crying at the last ever Friends episode.

"Where shall we go?"
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"Where shall we go?"

29. When that guy cheated on Who Wants to Be a Millionaire?

By coughing!
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By coughing!

30. Being obsessed with people getting together on all the talent shows that you watched.

You watched Love Island, Shipwrecked, Fame Academy, and Big Brother exclusively for the couples.
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You watched Love Island, Shipwrecked, Fame Academy, and Big Brother exclusively for the couples.

31. The politics of who to put in your Myspace Top 8.

And the drama of when you put someone in yours but they didn't return the favour.
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And the drama of when you put someone in yours but they didn't return the favour.

32. The day the Beckhams moved to America feeling like a weirdly big deal.

But Victoria Beckham: Coming to America was the best TV show ever.
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But Victoria Beckham: Coming to America was the best TV show ever.

33. Being obsessed with makeover shows like How To Look Good Naked.

You didn't need to look younger because you were a teenager, but you still loved them.
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You didn't need to look younger because you were a teenager, but you still loved them.

34. Feeling scandalised when Skins and Sugar Rush came out and you saw people your age have actual sex on telly.

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35. Being repeatedly outraged by Big Brother, especially the teen series.

And being over-the-top delighted for Chantelle when she won.
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And being over-the-top delighted for Chantelle when she won.

36. Doing yet another reading of "At a Potato Digging" in English.

You know every Seamus Heaney poem off by heart.
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You know every Seamus Heaney poem off by heart.

37. Dance mats coming out and revolutionising your sleepovers.

It was also the thing you most enjoyed about bowling parties.
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It was also the thing you most enjoyed about bowling parties.

38. Vehemently denying going through an emo phase.

And feeling very strongly about the distinction between emos, goths, and scene kids.

39. And then going through a big Jack Wills phase.

Your favourite item was obviously the gilet.

40. The last scene of The Hills blowing your mind.

When Kristen got out of the car!
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When Kristen got out of the car!

41. Flirting with people by poking them on Facebook.

If only it were still so simple.
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If only it were still so simple.

42. Getting to university and becoming obsessed with Chatroulette.

It was the best accompaniment to pre-drinks.
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It was the best accompaniment to pre-drinks.

43. Spending every Saturday night eating Dominos pizza and watching Take Me Out.

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Tbf you still do this.

44. But one thing will never change: You'll proudly wear your Uggs to the supermarket forever.

Uggs for life <3