A Very Fetch Anniversary! 10 Enduring Lessons From 'Mean Girls'

By: Rebekah Allen

It's nearly impossible to believe it's been ten years since Mean Girls was released on April 30, 2004, but we've decided to celebrate instead of thinking about how old that makes us feel. 

Here are the 10 enduring lessons Mean Girls taught us. 

1. Tina Fey is a Rockstar. 

Until 2004, Tina Fey was the woman who you knew would make an SNL sketch better when she entered the scene. The toast of Second City Chicago, she hadn't transcended much past improv, sketch comedy and SNL, though she existed flawlessly in that medium. However, with the arrival of Mean Girls, which she wrote and starred in, she took the leap from SNL MVP to forever solidifying her placement in film for both women and comedy in general. Now, she's the woman you know will make any project better when her name's attached. Thank you, Tina Fey, for blessing us with Mean Girls, and for being a hero to several generations.


2. Janis Ian is the girl we want to be (and/or sleep with).

Janis Ian is the high school punk-perfection dream. That vicious, fearless sarcasm, f**k-all attitude, proficiency with eye liner - it's almost impossible not to fall for Janice Ian/Lizzy Caplan (who can now be found on Masters of Sex). Janis, we are definitely not ashamed to admit we have a big, lesbian crush on you. And a double-thanks to Tina for that not-so subtle nod to actual 70s folk-singing lesbian hitmaker Janis Ian, who gave a generation of outcasts their anthem "At Seventeen."