“Don’t worry, I don’t have low self-esteem. It’s a mistake. I have low esteem for everyone else.” – Tracy Grandstaff as Daria Morgendorffer in the Daria episode “Esteemsters” (via Glenn Eichler)
It all started when I wandered into a store I’d never heard of before – OPOPOP and spotted the Charmanca Mesh Jacket in Green. I don’t even remember what had sent me to the store in the first place. All I know is that the moment I saw the jacket in green entire seasons of Daria flashed in my head and made me squee like a drunken hummingbird.
There aren’t a great deal of animated characters I can relate to. First of all, most “main” cartoon characters are boys. And, cooties aside, boy objectives don’t generally align with mine. When there are main female characters in animated shows they are generally annoyingly sweet, obnoxiously peppy, or they kill people for a living. I can’t relate to the first two at all and while the last holds some appeal, I nearly kill myself in the kitchen on a regular basis, so becoming an assassin seems unlikely.
Still in the 90s, Daria came on MTV – a glorious representation of mai peoples — and all was right in animated girl land. For a while.
Naturally, I immediately assembled an entire Daria outfit and ran to show Grace who I just *knew* would be thrilled to her virtual bones and tickled all over.
Then this happened:
Salome: Where are you?
Grace McDunnough: —- sim
Grace McDunnough: ie no where
Grace McDunnough: yes
Grace McDunnough: and?
Salome: TP meh
Salome: Who Am I?
Grace McDunnough: No clue. Who are you
Salome: “You’re standing on my neck….”
Grace McDunnough: I am not
Salome: It’s Daria! You goof! How do you not get it? I look perfect!
Grace McDunnough: uh huh
Salome: what do you mean “uh huh”
Grace McDunnough: I never watched Daria
Grace McDunnough: Serioulsy.
Salome: But….you’e Jane and I’m Daria
Salome: Our entire friendship is based on this fundamental truth
Grace McDunnough: Jane?
Grace McDunnough blinks
Grace McDunnough: Is this going to make me cry?
Grace McDunnough: Oh my fu….
Grace McDunnough: WHY HAVE YOU BEEN HIDING THIS FROM ME
Salome: How did you not know about it
Grace McDunnough: I was like .. you know .. doing stuff
After assaulting Grace with Daria clips we set off to build her the perfect Jane outfit and then it was picture time. I took a shot of my own and fooled around with it for a little bit:
Then I decided to stop fucking around and actually grab someone who knew what they were doing; I begged photography goddess Rainey Manx to come and work her magic. Which she did! (more squee)
Yes, kids, there was a time when MTV was cool. Beavis and Butthead grunted “fire” at big hair metal videos. MTV’s Oddities and Liquid Television gave us The Head and The Maxx and even Aeon Flux. The Real World was actually new and interesting, and Daria helped an entire generation of girls realize that they could be sarcastic, under-achieving anti-socialite intelligent beings without owing anyone an apology.
And then we discovered fire.
/me goes to dig out the old videos and watch a marathon.
Hair: DeLa: Minna II Mesh Hair (Orange Brown 4)
Glasses: K_gs: Boston 1.03
Jacket: OPOPOP: Chamanca Mesh Jacket (Green)
Top: Whippet & Buck: Lizzy Cropped Boatneck (Coral)
Skirt: Maitreya: Mesh Pencil Skirt, Knee-Length / Length 2 (Black)
Shoes: J’s Laceup Short Boots (Black)
Hair: Sadistic Hacker: Nagi Hair, Short-Bang (Black)
Jacket: Entente: Classic Mesh Blazer (Femme – Burgundy)
Shorts: Mon Tissu: Hanalei Shorts (Gray)
Top: Guarded Cross: Strip V-Neck Sweater (Black)
Leggings: Little Fish: Tight 2
Boots: Shiny Things: Glossy Ribbon Boots (Black)