Pop Princesses

Nostalgia. It’s pretty great. So, thanks, Bacon for taking me back. As I’ve been musing about the female pop stars of my youth, however, this meme comes to mind:


Pre-teen/Young-teen (tween?) Oleander was, admittedly, a bit naive. But, I know that I wasn’t the only young girl who didn’t fully understand what exactly Britney meant when she said she wanted to be “hit” again or what Christina’s [What a girl wants, what a girl] “needs” were.

But, naiveté aside, there were some powerhouse women to be reckoned with in the late 90s and early 2000s. We had Britney Spears, Christina Aguilera (who freaked us all out when she pulled a Miley – okay, I know I’m mixing generations here – and became Xtina for awhile), Jessica Simpson, Mandy Moore, The Spice Girls, Destiny’s Child, Shakira. We had Avril to help us work out our anger issues. We had Vanessa Carlton and Michelle Branch. Heck, you might even remember Nelly Furtado.

But nothing was better then watching the pop stars you loved coupling up with other pop stars you loved. Jessica Simpson and Nick Lachey did feel like a match made in heaven (unless you actually watched Newlyweds and were there when we all realized that reality TV was going to ruin our lives). I’m pretty sure there have actually never been two more attractive people to make a music video together:

Britney Spears and Justin Timberlake were just the epitome of pop royalty giving us #couplegoals before we knew we needed them. I mean #amiright?

28th annual American Music Awards

Image by © Frank Trapper/Corbis

All jean all day. But, really, aren’t these the cutest photos you’ve ever seen?


But, all good things must come to an end. Our little teenage hearts learned all about heartbreak as our magic couples broke up and grew up.

So, to Britney and your hugely successful Las Vegas residency and all you other lovely pop ladies, thanks for helping us grow up. Even though we didn’t really want to.

Bacon: You were a youth in an entirely different generation of music. What artists/music helped you grow up. 

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