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Why are we still so obsessed with the ‘90s?

Jul. 27, 2018
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If you've clicked on this article after reading the title, then I'm guessing you're in the same boat as me.

Yes, you, me, and so many others are still living in the past, reminiscing about the iconic culture of the ‘90s even though most us were only alive for the latter half of that wondrous decade. In addition to that, we barely even remember living through it, considering we were babies at the time—so why do we still care for this time before our own? We continue to live, breathe, obsess, and dream of this era. And yet, what we are all probably wondering is, why is that? Well, let's discuss...

Let's start with me; I was born in 1994, and if you're not so good with numbers like me, that makes me 23 years old. I'm going to take a guess and say that anyone reading this is around the same age as me, if not younger, so we are just at the end of the millennial spectrum and the beginning of Generation Z. Be that as it may, we are still stuck reminiscing about the earlier days. Let me tell you, everything I know and love about the ‘90s does not come from memory. I've just discovered my love for this era over the years through multiple social media sites, movies, TV shows, you name it. 

I'll fill you in on my whirlwind of a ‘90s journey. Well, as a lover of fashion, of course my love started with the one and only Kate Moss, supermodel extraordinaire. This obsession was built with the assistance of Tumblr, which provided me with all the gifs my little fashionista heart desired. The obsession was also aided by a couple of coffee table books by fashion photographer Mario Testino. The books are my prized possessions, if you must know. The next step of my ‘90s enthusiasm involved Johnny Depp and Winona Ryder photo shoots, movies, and even collecting old magazines from eBay featuring the young couple. Sadly, after I realized that their relationship only lasted for a short amount of time, my passion was directed towards some other ‘90s movie stars including Leonardo DiCaprio, Kate Winslet, and Angelina Jolie. 

Fuelled by my previous purchases of ‘90s print media, the obsession grew, as did my magazine collection, which now includes numerous back issues of Rolling Stone, Interview, and even an old i-D magazine. A few of my personal favorites are the November 1990 issue of Premiere with Winona Ryder and Cher on the cover, promoting their movie, Mermaids, followed by the April 1990 issue of Interview with Winona's then-beau, Johnny Depp, on the cover. But the winner has to be the 588th issue of Rolling Stone, dating all the way back to October 4th, 1990; its cover features the women of the ‘90s cult television show Twin Peaks. Now, Twin Peaks is something I could talk about for the rest of my life, but to fill you in quickly, it revolves around the aftermath of high schooler Laura Palmer’s murder in a really twisted whodunit storyline. The investigation is led by FBI agent Dale Cooper, played by Kyle MacLachlan. Although Cooper is seriously dreamy and a potential favorite character of mine, the real winner is the iconic character of Shelly Johnson, the waitress who every girl secretly wants to be, played by Mädchen Amick. And if that name sounds familiar to you, it's because she currently plays Alice Cooper on the extremely popular TV show Riverdale. There seems to be a theme developing here: all these ‘90s actors are still blessing our screens today...we love timeless actors.

For some reason, we all have this undeniable love for the good old days. I believe this comes down to—well, at least one of the reasons for this is—our love for aesthetics. I mean, if something looks good, it draws our attention, right?! And when we like something, we become inspired. And is there a better feeling than being inspired? Look at the tons of accounts posting ‘90s content all over Instagram every day. (My favorites are @90sanxiety and @velvetcoke, check them out.)

Aside from the inspirational factors of the ‘90s, I just think we are a generation that loves to reminisce. We probably won't admit it, but we are always looking for the romance in everything, and there's something romantic about nostalgia. The ‘90s certainly were the decade of romance, from the beautiful couples, to the movies that continuously make us cry, to the heartbreaking songs, to the fashion that makes us all go a little bit heart-eyes. We love it. It's nostalgic, but it remains as fitting as ever. Plain and simple, I think the era of the ‘90s is what we've all dreamed about.