Tiffani Thiessen turns 40 today, and what better way to celebrate than with a look at her crazy-cool '90s character, Kelly Kapowski? It's been more than 20 years since Saved by the Bell went off the air, but Bayside's best cheerleader is still No. 1 in our hearts. In the era of pay phones and scrunchies, Kelly shows how to be both a girl's girl and the object of affection for, well, every guy who ever walked into the Max. With a look at her dance moves, her signature style, and her most adorable moments with Zack Morris, take a look at 40 reasons why Kelly Kapowski still reigns as the queen of cool.
She does the impossible, making a cotton vest look chic.
She cheers and spins simultaneously.
Even while she's talking on the (pay) phone.
Kelly stands by her very stylish friends.
And roots for the underdog.
She fights for what she wants.
And let's not forget her jump-roping skills.
Or her patriotism, as shown in this ensemble.
She can synchronize with the best of them.
And she fangirls over George Michael.
But she knows when to say no.
She isn't afraid of a little PDA.
Or some school-day bikini poses.
She's even charming in weird daydreams.
Plus, she fully commits to her job.
Kelly doesn't deal with drama.
And she's not afraid to cuddle her teddy bear when she cries.
Kelly spends her Summers saving lives.
And looks flawless while doing so.
She reaches out to the youth.
And in her free time, she perfects glamour shots.
Seriously, Kelly has hair worthy of a shampoo commercial.
And somehow, she's still humble.
Meanwhile, she knows how to bust a move.
She isn't afraid to try new things.
And, oh yeah, she rocks scrunchies.
Kelly knows how to take a compliment.
And how to find her way into Zack's dreams.
Really, she's a hopeless romantic at heart.
But she also knows when it's time to move on.
And she gives solid advice.
She's a good girl who can channel a bad-girl attitude.
And she can sense when things are a little off.
Kelly knows how to handle Zack's antics.
And she embraces true love in all its slow-dancing-outside-the-prom glory.
Kelly says "I do" to happily ever after.
And at the end of the day, there's nothing she wouldn't do for her friends.
PS — Bonus points for these bangs.