10. Josie and the Pussy Cats
I have always loved bands who make an effort with their theme and costume and these girls were no exception!
Such great outfits, such catchy tunes and even their shoes are tiger print!
9. She-ra Princess of Power.
Twin sister of He-man (prince Adam), Princess Adora would magically transform into She-ra when she recited the incantation: "For the honour of Grayskull...I am She-ra!" Her horse Spirit would then also morph into a flying unicorn! Not only did she get to wear a cape (and check out those killer boots) but she was super strong and could also communicate mentally with animals.
8. Penelope Pitstop
I remember watching The Wacky Races every Saturday morning as a kid. But I wasn't interested in Muttly or Dick Dastardly. Nope, I was there solely to see Penelope in her fantastic pink wagon. I loved that she was unashamedly feminine in a male dominated sport. She had even pimped her ride to apply her lippy for her!
What I loved the most about Ms Pitstop was that she never stooped to the level of the nasty villain, who was always trying to set traps to make her and the other contestants lose the race. No, Penny always maintained her cool like a real lady and if she won, she won fair and square.
7. Minnie Mouse
Oh Minnie! How I love that bow! This mouse really rocked those polka dots too!
Minnie was first drawn by Ib Iwerks and Walt Disney in 1928 and was originally named Minerva (ergh!).
As far as cartoon characters go, you can't get more classic than Minnie. She definitely wasn't the first female cartoon character but she was one of the earliest and she is still super popular today!
Minnie doesn't need magic powers or super strength. No, she is just one foxy lady mouse!
6. Betty Boop
Boop-Oop-A-Doop! Betty Boop was born in 1933, making her 80 years old! Not looking too bad there Betty!
When Betty first appeared on cinema screens, she was a huge hit as the Jazzy baby flapper chick. But as her stardom grew and she became a mainstream success, it was decided her wanton ways were a bit racy for the times.
In 1934 the national legion of decency put restrictions on the motion picture industry which meant Betty had to have a make over. No more short shirts, garters and cleavage! (BOO-HOO!-pa-doop!) Eventually they even got rid of her jewelry!
No matter, we love Betty the way she was. Unashamedly sexy!
5. Jessica Rabbit
Mrs Rabbit is the sole reason why I am obsessed with shoes! I vividly remember seeing 'Who framed Roger Rabbit?' at the movies with my Mother when I was seven. As soon as Jessica came onto the screen I fell in love. With the shoes! Red lacquer stilettos! Oh My! I'm pretty sure as soon as the film was over I matched my mother to Dekka and pleaded with her to buy me some similar shoes. She gave in and I wore them till my feet hurt. Some things never change.
4. Velma and Daphne
I just love these gals. I feel like I know them. Everyday after school I'd come home and watch these two ladies solve the spooky mystery. Sure the guys and that Dog kinda helped too, but it was mainly spunky Velma and sizzling redhead Daphne who did all the work!
Oh and of course, you've gotta love those 70s outfits!
3. Ariel - The Little Mermaid
I owned this film on video as a kid. I would regularly sit (with my Ariel doll in hand) and watch the whole film reciting every line and singing every song. (When I got older, I watched it again and noticed a lot of sneaky inappropriateness hidden within!)
I loved how Ariiel was so curious. She wanted knowledge, she wanted more from life and she was determined to get it.
Personally I remember thinking, 'Why does she want to be human? It's boring, I want to be a mermaid!"
Just goes to show everyone wants what they don't have.
2. Rainbow Brite
I was so envious of Rainbow's awesome belt, which would shoot giant rainbows into the sky when she pushed the special star button. She would then jump on her trusty steed Starlight who would gallop over the rainbows to save the day from darkness!
My friend and I loved this show so much that we vowed to one day run away to Rainbow Land together. Problem was that we didn't know how. One day we hatched a plan. We would smash the T.V screen open so we could climb on in and hang out with Rainbow Brite and the Colour Kids. Yeah, we were very young! I think I was holding the T.V steady (so it wouldn't run away) and my friend was about to smash it with a cricket bat when luckily my mother walked in and put a stop to it!
1. Jem - and The Holograms.
For those of you who are not familiar with the story, 'Jem' was about Jerrica, the owner of record company Stralight Music, who at the touch of her pink star shaped earrings, could transform by hologram, into a pink haired rocker chick. Yeah I know, awesome! Along with the other members of her band (The Holograms) Jem would take to the stage shod in stilettos and ROCK OUT.
Then there were The Misfits. They were the bad girls, always trying to upstage the Holograms. I actually quite liked them because they were bad. When I got older and started to enjoy the music of Hole, Courtney Love always reminded me of The Misfits Lead singer Pizzazz.
What I also loved so much about Jem/Jerrica was that she was such an independent woman. Not only was she the manager of a record company, a rock star and a style icon, she also had 12 foster children known as the Starlight Girls, who lived with her and the holograms! What an all rounder! ROCK ON JEM!