thanks to a wonderful youtuber named thepeachpit i’ve just spent this evening having a bit of a 90210 fest, particularly enjoying the season one episode perfect mom where andrea zuckerman finally takes off her
but, asides from the general joy and pleasure of reveling in early nineties teen crap, one thing struck me like a brick within five minutes of the episode – the girls looked so different then. no, i don’t mean the hair, the clothes or even the frankly dubious hats – i just mean their basic physiques. take kelly taylor played by jennie garth , high school teen dream and described by david silver as having “a body to die for” – by todays teen tv standards she just looks so … healthy. and shannon docherty, compared to anyone on the oc looks positively chubby. it’s scary to think that within ten years even a show as vacouse and image-conscious as beverly hills 90210 could look like some kind of positive role model.
left to right:
luke perry and jennie garth as dylan mckay and kelly taylor
the first season cast
tori spelling, shannon docherty, jennie garth and gabrielle carteris as andrea zuckerman