If you are a millennial reading this and didn’t get to live out your 2000s dreams, look no further, you’ve stumbled across the right blog post! As a certified millennial weirdo who hated recess and wasn’t very popular on MySpace, the 2000s was more of a dark time for me so after attending the Museum of Memories, I feel like I finally got to satisfy my tweenage dreams to my heart’s content.
I had no real concept of beauty until I was 11 and no concept of body image until I was 12, when I first realized that having big thighs without a flat stomach was “unacceptable”. The 2000s wasn’t the best time to be an adolescent female because it was an era where tall, skinny girls were considered hot, and being thin was the standard of beauty for females. Scene girls who were popular on MySpace and the stereotypical preppy “popular” girls that dressed like Regina George (“Mean Girls” character) ran the show, and anyone that didn’t fit the mold was considered an outcast. Body positivity and mental health awareness weren’t popular concepts in the 2000s, neither was social media other than MySpace so there were really not many outlets for adolescents and teenagers that didn’t fit in to express themselves. I was in middle school in the 2000s and a size 2 brown girl with curly hair and glasses was an abnormality in Rochester, Minnesota in the era of “Mean Girls” and Paris Hilton.
I was tired of being bullied and ostracized by my peers so I would up free Bollywood gossip magazines from the local Indian grocery stores and studied photos of Bollywood actresses to learn what being a “hot girl” meant and how a “hot girl” dressed. 2000s fashion seemed so exclusive to me because it’s not like there were influencers tagging where they got their clothes from so the most I could do was assume what clothing was fashionable by observing the “popular girls”.
When I was invited to The Museum of Memories, I was excited that I finally got to bring the future me that occupied my middle school daydreams to life. I did my best to channel my inner “2000s hot girl” and live out my 12 year old fantasy of what I would look like in the future, apart from the fact that fantasy me is tall and real life me is short. I think that the 12 year old me would at least be satisfied with what I ended up looking like to a certain extent.
All of the murals at The Museum of Memories were hand-painted by the artist Steffi Lynn, also known as @haveanicedayy_ on Instagram! Unlike a lot of the other pop-ups that are good for photography, The Museum of Memories also had exceptional art that brought each room and scene to life. Upon viewing the photos, I was shocked to see how realistic each mural appeared in the photos so it’s definitely worth paying attention to Steffi’s artistic talents when you visit! You can check out her store here to see more of her art, and the official Museum of Memories Instagram here as well!
I drew inspiration from the memories of the magazine images of Bollywood actresses whose beauty I idolized and the Disney Channel show “Kim Possible” and added some personal touches to my look for The Museum of Memories. Without further adieu, I present you with the photos of me living my 2000s dream! All photos below are by my friend Jeremy LaRue, as always! Jeremy frequents pop-up art exhibits often too so you should check his feed out if you have the chance!
Credits/Details: -Top: Aeropostale | -Skirt: Aeropostale | -Shoes: Steve Madden 2018 | -Photographer: Jeremy LaRue | Artist: Steffi Lynn