The 90s were a time of opposites. For every Cher Horowitz, there was a Daria. For every yin, there was a yang.
Seemingly in response to the grunge trend, the non-Cobain tribe decided to make everything as sparkly as possible with copious amounts of glitter because apparently we all wanted to look like baby strippers.
Glitter nail polish, glitter gel pens, glitter butterfly clips, glitter Jellies–Mariah Carey even made a whole movie named Glitter.
Back in the 90s, I remember falling victim to many of the glitter fads and the best (worst) had to be body glitter. We were given many different methods for coating ourselves in the herpes of the art world: body lotion with glitter, body wash with glitter, roll on glitter, glitter hair spray, glitter hair gel, glitter make up, and I believe I even once had a glitter body spray. My best friend even told me recently that she once had glitter sunscreen.
Honestly, I’m not sure what was up with the glitter. I suggested at the start of this post that maybe it was an overreaction to grunge but that seems like too deep of answer. Instead, I’m pretty sure our attentions spans were so short that everything had to be covered in sparkles just to get us to notice it.
Does anyone else feel like watching some old Britney Spears music videos?