If you grew up in the 90s, then you are probably pretty familiar with and nostalgic for all of the things that made that decade the very best to grow up during. From the beauty and fashion looks we all rocked back then to all of the 90s songs we STILL love to karaoke to, there are certain things that made the 90s iconic. You can probably close your eyes and still remember the entire video to Christina Aguilera’s “Genie in a Bottle” or remember how you felt when you first saw JLo in the Selena biopic. Plus, you probably had a huge crush on Freddie Prinze, Jr., and loved Ricky Martin BEFORE he hit it big with his cross-over single “Livin’ La Vida Loca,” amirite?
Well, as a trek down memory lane, here are 20 things that you basically did every day during the 90s. And yes, you’re welcome for the nostalgia.
1. Listened to Christina Aguilera’s “Genie in a Bottle” non-stop.
I was obsessed with this music video and I was definitely not the only one. It’s still a song that rings in my ears whenever anyone mentions the Ecuadorean-American singer because, let’s face it, 90s Xtina was the best Xtina.
2. Closed your eyes and dreamed about dancing with Enrique Iglesias.
Whether you loved him before this song came out or not, it’s no argument that Enrique shot to fame with “Bailamos.” Sure, he’s technically not Latinx (his lineage is from Spain and the Philippines) but he was part of the Latin pop explosion of the 90s and for that we will always love him.
3. Watched Jennifer Lopez in Selena more times than we could count.
Jlo wouldn’t be JLo if it wasn’t for Selena. Although it’s impossible not to cry when watching this biopic, it’s also impossible not to feel a certain something for the 90s Puerto Rican actress and singer we all came to know and love.
4. Crushed hard on Freddie Prinze Jr. in, like, every movie ever.
Seriously, is there anything cuter than Puerto Rican actor Freddie Prinze, Jr., in She’s All That? I don’t think so. He was possibly the most crush-worthy Latino in the 90s… Though, don’t worry, we have a few more on this list that will send your heart aflutter, too.
5. Danced to Selena Quintanilla’s Amor Prohibido album over and over.
Seriously, how many times did you listen to this one? I had her album on a tape (remember those?) and I pretty much wore my tape out. No regrets, though, because then I got it on CD and could continue my non-stop listening. The Mexican-American singer will forever be in our hearts… and in our ears.
6. Joined your mami in watching many of Thalía’s telenovelas.
Thalía may forever remain the Mexican telenovela queen — and this was especially true in the 90s. I loved her in basically anything and everything and, really, there will be nobody greater.
7. Memorized the words to Mariah Carey’s “Hero” for whenever you felt sad.
Mariah Carey had a lot of hits in the 90s and beyond, but her song “Hero” will forever hold a special place in the heart of us 90s kids. Why? Because it was a heartfelt ode to those of us who needed one. And, well, it still makes me feel powerful whenever I hear it so I will forever be grateful to the Afro-Venezuelan songbird.
8. Wondered whether Benicio del Toro was the greatest or the greatest.
Ever since Puerto Rican actor Benicio came on the scene, it’s been a dream. I loved him in Excess Baggage, his movie with Alivia Silverstone, and in every movie since. But 90s Benicio will forever hold a special place in our hearts, amirite?
9. Tried to recreate Salma Hayek’s movie and red carpet looks.
Salma Hayek’s beauty is timeless and so are the movies that she starred in during the 90s. Although the Mexican and American star’s titular turn in Frida didn’t come until 2002, we took notice of her years before. Whether you dressed up as her vampire queen in From Dusk Till Dawn or as sweet Isabel in Fools Rush In, she has always been an icon.
10. Told all your friends that you liked Ricky Martin BEFORE he crossed over.
Yes, seriously, I was that annoying teenager telling all of my American friends who were fawning over “La Vida Loca” that I loved Puerto Rican singer Ricky Martin back when… But it’s okay, we can ALL share him.
11. Bought every magazine with Christy Turlington on the cover.
Christy Turlington was one of the world’s greatest supermodels of the 90s and, in case you didn’t know, she is also the proud child of immigrants (her mom is from El Salvador). But the real reason that we have always loved her is that she was a Latina that we could look up to for her career accomplishments (and, well, maybe not-so-secretly envy for her practically perfect looks).
12. Pretended that Mario Lopez was your boyfriend.
Whenever Saved by the Bell came on, we all crowded around our TVs to watch Mexican-American heartthrob Mario Lopez on the screen. I’m sure I wasn’t the only one who pretended that he was my boyfriend. In my dreams, anyway. Honestly, not much has changed since then…
13. Shook your hips to Shakira’s “Ojos Así.”
The 1999 song, which came out two years before her “Whenever, Whenever” helped her cross over from Colombia to the American audience, is one of my favorite songs. In fact, it’s hands down one of Shakira’s best songs… and definitely a great one to shake your hips to, no matter the decade.
14. Attempted to be as kind as Tatyana Ali in The Fresh Prince of Bel Air.
The Panamanian-American star was possibly the sweetest part of The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air. Sure, we watched that show primarily for the antics between Will and his Bel Air family, but seeing Ali on the air gave hope (and some much-needed representation) to many Afro-Latinx kids growing up in the 90s.
15. Wanted to be just like Stacey Dash in Clueless.
Okay, so Stacey is probably NOT your favorite person anymore due to her politics but we have to admit that she was pretty awesome in Clueless. In fact, she remains one of the best parts about that movie… and the Afro-Mexican-American actress definitely brought Dionne to life.
16. Pledged yourself to BSB thanks to Howie Dorough and AJ Mclean.
Here’s something that may blow your boy band-loving heart of the 90s: Howie Dorough and AJ McClean are Latino! Howie’s mom is Puerto Rican and AJ’s mom is Puerto Rican and German. Yes, really! But you probably already knew that and that really helped to solidify your BSB love way back when, right?
17. Took your besties to giggle during every Cameron Diaz movie.
The Cuban-American actress made us giggle all throughout the 90s. From her debut as the sultry Tina in The Mask to her turn as Mary alongside Ben Stiller in 1998’s There’s Something About Mary. No matter which movie was your favorite, you probably laughed at her on-screen antics (and still do!).
18. Tried to love baseball just so you could watch Sammy Sosa.
Current controversies and looks aside, Dominican Sammy Sosa was THE baseball player to watch in the 90s when he played on the Chicago Cubs. Truthfully, who didn’t watch baseball in 1998 when he and Mark McGwire competed as they both pursued a home run record?
19. Wondered how you could ever get a body like Patricia Velásquez.
The Venezuelan actress and model was a sight to behold in the 90s. In fact, she’s still pretty great today. Not only was she the first Latina supermodel back in the 90s but today she’s out and proud. Of course, we will never forget her face (and, ahem, amazing body) in the 90s and early 2000s, like in The Mummy Returns.
20. Lusted after Antonio Banderas in The Mask of Zorro.
Okay, so, Antonio Banderas (like Enrique Iglesias) is actually not Latinx since he was born in Spain… However, he still made great strides towards Latinx (or Hispanic, if you want to be technical) representation in the U.S. And, let’s admit it, he was one sexy man. He’s probably responsible for the sexual awakening of many a girl and boy…
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