STYLE
01/23/2014 11:56 am ET Updated Jan 23, 2014

If You Grew Up In the '90s, You Wanted To Be These Girls

It's Tiffani Amber Thiesen (aka Kelly Kapowski)'s 40th birthday today, and WE'RE SO EXCITED.

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From her first days on "Saved By The Bell," Kapowski was a pioneer in her field (the field of wearing the coolest stuff, that is). She was the first of many fashionable '90s TV and film characters, who followed in her lead on the road to achieving iconic style. No one perfected the look quite like Kelly, but in honor of her birthday, the influence she had on some of our favorite characters and of course #TBT, check out this timeline of a few characters that came pretty close.

1990: Brenda, Kelly and Donna

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The ladies of "Beverly Hills 90210" may be slightly more famous than our beloved Kapowski, but technically, they came second: The show started one year after "Saved By The Bell." The only thing they had on Kelly was that trifecta of cropped shirts, tight dresses and, of course, scrunchies.

1991: DJ Tanner

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No '90s-centric list is complete without a good old Donna Jo reference. DJ Tanner had it all: the bangs, the high-waisted denim, the BANGS. Oh, and that super cool red lips phone we all wished we had on our nightstands.

1993: Hilary Banks

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You loved to hate Hil, but you could never deny her pizazz. Her hats alone are enough to put her on this list. Once Hilary landed a job as a weather girl in season 3, she rocked those wonderfully 90's, boxy suit jackets like a pro.

1994: Gia Mahan

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"Full House" gets two shout-outs on this list because, well, it's "Full House." Better known to anyone who watched the show as Stephanie's badass sidekick, Gia had the whole grungy-but-girly thing down to a science.

1994: Six

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More hats for the win. Blossom may have been the star of the show, but Six had the spunk. Plus, her name was Six. Plus, she got to make out with Joey Lawrence. Whoa.

1995: Cher Horowitz

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Of course, Cher Horowitz changed the whole game with her fully plaid ensembles and fuzzy pink pen. The fact that we all would still kill for that revolving closet really speaks volumes about Cher's role in our style evolution.

1996: Phoebe Buffay

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Hear us out: Phoebe's style was a bit eccentric, we know. But did you know that she was wearing hands full of midi rings way before we even had a name for the oddly-placed jewelry? That's right.

Were they influenced by Kelly, too?

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