Being born in the '80s meant that the '90s were a very important part of my childhood. Though I'm sure I'm a bit biased due to my love of the '90s decade, I'd have to say that the stars that came from that time will always hold a special place in my heart. Being a pre-teen back then, there were so many teen idols that I wished to be like and modeled my style after. Now that it's been almost 30 years since the start of that influential decade, looking at my favorite '90s teen idols who became amazing moms gives me such a nostalgic feeling.
Although I didn't know any of my favorite '90s teen idols personally, seeing them on TV or on the big screen so often made me feel as if I had a connection with them. I'm sure I can't be the only person who felt as if Tia and Tamera Mowry were people that I could actually know and be friends with, right? So, seeing those two plus many other teen idols go on to get married and have kids has been like seeing your best friends do the same thing.
Whether your idol was in the early '90s or fell in the pop sensation craze that took over the late '90s, this list of 25 '90s teen idols will bring back all the feels.
1. Sarah Michelle Gellar
The former front woman for Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Sarah Michelle Gellar was once the object of every young boy's desires and every young girl's inspiration. Now married to fellow actor Freddie Prinze Jr., the mommy of two admitted to Momtastic that she's definitely harder on her daughter Charlotte than she is on her son Rocky.
2. Jennifer Love Hewitt
On the set of my Palmer's shoot pic.twitter.com/6FKep4taOm— Jennifer Love Hewitt (@TheReal_Jlh) May 21, 2015
Back in the '90s, Jennifer Love Hewitt ruled both the small and big screens as a teen icon. From her role on the drama Party of Five and I Know What You Did Last Summer, the actress found an increasing amount of success through her acting efforts.
3. Jessica Biel
Now Mrs. Justin Timberlake, Jessica Biel rose to prominence in the '90s and '00s as the tough as nail oldest daughter, Mary Camden on the long lived show, 7th Heaven. Giving birth to their son Silas in 2015, Biel told E! Online that the most magical moment about motherhood is seeing her son wake up from a nap.
4. Drew Barrymore
Child star turned acting icon Drew Barrymore was one of the '90s most sought after actresses. With years of acting, directing, and producing under her belt, the Barrymore can also add being an exceptional mom to the roster too. In an interview with Good Housekeeping, Barrymore said, "I could never have imagined the kind of love I have for my children."
5. Tiffani Amber Thiessen
Tiffani Amber Thiessen found success in the late '80s and early '90s as Kelly Kapowski in the popular teen show Saved By the Bell. Thiessen, who is now married, is also a mom to daughter Harper, and son Holt, E! Online wrote.
6. Christina Applegate
Christina Applegate's ditzy character, Kelly Bundy, in the sitcom Married...With Children made her a popular teen icon in the early '90s. Though her character was one of two children in the show, Applegate told Access Hollywood that she has no plans of giving her daughter Sadie another sibling.
7. Reese Witherspoon
Starring in one of my favorite '90s movies titled Fear, Reese Witherspoon quickly rose to stardom in the late '90s and early '00s with her acting roles; including 1999's Cruel Intentions in which she starred alongside ex-husband Ryan Phillippe. Now, 20 years since the release of the former, the mother of three told Southern Living magazine that she uses her own mom as an example when trying to balance out life as a mom and actress.
8. Christina Ricci
Christina Ricci stole the show as Wednesday Addams in The Addams Family installments and stole hearts as Kat in Casper back in the '90s. Giving birth to her son Freddie in 2014, the veteran actress told People, "I want to succeed for him. My choices matter more."
9. Mila Kunis
Breaking out on the scene in her role as Jackie Burkhart in the sitcom That '70s Show, Mila Kunis quickly became a teen icon in the late '90s and early '00s. Eventually marrying her former co-star, Ashton Kutcher, Kunis gave birth to daughter, Wyatt Isabelle, in 2014. According to On Air With Ryan Seacrest, the Bad Moms star said she knew as soon as she had their first child that they needed to have a second.
10. Katie Holmes
Rising to stardom with her role as Joey Potter in the show Dawson's Creek, Katie Holmes has been keeping herself pretty busy since. Recently celebrating the 10th birthday of her daughter Suri, the mother-daughter duo enjoyed lunch in New York with family and friends, People wrote.
11. Alyssa Milano
Alyssa Milano's stake as a teen idol began in the mid-80's as she starred in the show Who's The Boss? Ending her time on the show in 1992, Milano went on to star in many shows and movies, including co-starring with Reese Witherspoon in the 1996 film, Fear. Giving birth to her son Milo in 2011, Us Weekly wrote that Milano gave birth to her daughter Elizabella in 2014.
12. Britney Spears
From starring on the Mickey Mouse Club to selling albums, Britney Spears was the ultimate teen idol in the '90s. Still performing and looking amazing while doing it, the mother of two boys considers them to be her "masterpieces," ET Online noted.
13. Christina Aguilera
Following the same format as Britney Spears, Christina Aguilera's run in the '90s made her one of top teen idols. A mother to 2-year-old Summer Rain and 8-year-old son Max, the talented feminist mom told ET Online that she is raising her son with the intention that he'll respect women.
14. Jennie Garth
Known for her roles as Kelly Taylor in the Beverly Hills, 90210 franchise, Jennie Garth gained a somewhat cult following in the '90s. Trading in her seductiveness for mommyness, Garth revealed to E! Online that her three daughters, Luca, Lola, and Fiona were her wedding party.
15. Jessica Alba
Jessica Alba was cast in man roles in the early and late '90s and continues to act currently. In addition to acting, Alba founded the non-toxic household company, The Honest Company, and is a mother to daughters Honor and Haven. According to InStyle, the interior design junkee showed off her skills when she redecorated Honor and Haven's rooms last December.
16. Monica Brown
Before she was married to pro-basketball player Shannon Brown, Monica was setting the bar high for teen singers. Now, a mother of three, Monica told Uptown magazine that she doesn't regret taking the four years off after giving birth to her sons.
17. Alicia Silverstone
Alicia Silverstone's role as Cher Horowitz in the '90s iconic film Clueless gives her a title of teen idol whether or not you watched anything she acted in afterwards. Now the mother to 5-year-old Bear Blu, Sliverstone said her son has never had a drop of medicine and eats a vegan diet, ABC News noted.
18. Brandy Norwood
Singer and actress Brandy Norwood became a teen idol in the '90s through her role as Moesha Mitchell in the sitcom Moesha and through her many albums released. Though Brandy's voice has been applauded for many years, it's her 13-year-old daughter Sy'Rai who's getting the applause now with vocal comparisons to her mom, according to ESSENCE.
19. Tia Mowry-Hardrict
Since starring in the sitcom Sister-Sister, Tia Mowry became a mother to sone Cree. In an interview with Yahoo! last year, Tia said that she's less of a traditional mom than her twin sister Tamera.
20. Tamera Mowry-Housley
Starring as the jokester sister of the Sister-Sister sitcom, Tamera Mowry tapped into fans who just wanted to have fun in the '90s. Tamera, who is now a mommy of two, told Us Weekly that the transition from one child to two was difficult.
21. Jessica Simpson
Like Britney Spears and Christina Aguilera, pop-princess Jessica Simpson became a teen idol in the late '90s and early '00s. Already a mother of two, Simpson told ET Online that having another baby would freak her out a little bit.
22. Kelly Rowland
Noted as an original member to the '90s girl group Destiny's Child, Kelly Rowland became the inspiration to many in the late '90s and early '00s. Though she found much success over the years, the singer told People that she tries not to tell her son Titan no much because she doesn't want him to get used to hearing it.
23. Beyoncé Knowles-Carter
Though Beyoncé really needs no introduction, the former Destiny's Child lead singer was the one that everyone wanted to be in the '90s. Growing to become one of the most successful performers of all time, the mother and wife can always be seen posing in the most adorable ways with her little girl Blue, as noted in Huffington Post.
24. Tori Spelling
Tori Spelling took over the '90s as Donna Martin in the hit series, Beverly Hills, 90210. With four children now taking over her life, the loving mother recently threw #AVeryFairyPoolParty where the family dressed up as fairies and elves, In Touch wrote.
25. Jenna von Oÿ
Playing the roles of Six from Blossom and Stevie on The Parkers, actress Jenna von Oÿ was known as a teen idol throughout the '90s and early '00s. Though she hasn't acted in a few years, she has been quite busy raising her daughters Gray and Marlow, with the latter being born in 2014, according to Us Weekly.