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Taylor Momsen Shuns Her "Dark Image"

Teen Dream: What Were You Like at 16?

After cursing last week on a UK morning show, Taylor Momsen's badass image only intensified. The fact that her Gossip Girl character turns reckless at every juncture doesn't help, but her real-life persona seems to cultivate the look, too.

When asked about her "dark image" in a recent interview, she said darkness is relative.

"It just depends on what you consider dark, you know? I think some people think I'm a Satan worshiper or something."

Well, I wouldn't go that far, but I do think Taylor is trying an image on for size. How very 16-year-old girl of her! Though she's a high-school graduate with a budding music career and a successful acting one, she's still just 16. Maybe she'll stick with her current shtick, but I wouldn't be surprised if her persona is a shiny new thing by her 18th birthday.

Who were you like at 16? Popular? Dark? Or just losing your virginity!

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Bettye-Wayne Bettye-Wayne 5 years
Let me elaborate: I listened to punk/ska, wore hooker heels and eyeliner constantly, and was developing an intimidate friendship with the detention teacher (I reminded her of her niece). I drank cheap rum. I thought I was the shit because I had an '89 Grand Am. I got picked on a lot in school and when I got my license I got to know more people outside of high school and realized that I'm actually a kick ass person in general. 16 was a good year for me.
Bettye-Wayne Bettye-Wayne 5 years
I was awesome.
postmodernsleaze postmodernsleaze 5 years
I think Taylor Momsen dresses way too risque sometimes for her age, but I always give teenagers a chance because I was pretty damned ridiculous too and I came out alright (and quite boringly normal).
smurfle smurfle 5 years
at 16, i had a jerk of a boyfriend and lost my virginity to him in the backseat of my parent's car. i was constantly getting in trouble for sneaking out of the house, having parties while my parents weren't home, and staying out past curfew. i had a core group of best friends... looking back now, we seemed like the stoner kids from dazed and confused. 16 was actually the first time i smoked pot.. i remember getting so hungry and finding a huge tub of popcorn under some kid's bed and devouring it while laughing maniacally. at 16 i also tried mushrooms for the first time.. unfortunately we all did them on the bus on school trip up to six flags. everyone was freaking out on the rides and my boyfriend was convinced he was going to die. at 16 i also had my heart broken when i witnessed my boyfriend making out with another girl at our "junior brew" (the big junior year keg party). all in all, a shitty year, but i learned a lot. my parents also bought me a car that year that i later crashed into an animal hospital... but that's a story for another year :p
danakscully64 danakscully64 5 years
I didn't fit into any category, I just existed. I was an X-Files fanatic (still am, that's how I was known), but I wasn't a nerd, popular, goth, bro ho, or anything like that. I knew people from different groups. I was a good girl.
jocupcake jocupcake 5 years
I could have been on Glee at 16... I was basically a really insecure Rachel Berry.
tlsgirl tlsgirl 5 years
Ugh, Taylor Momsen is annoying.
Yesi-Jukebox Yesi-Jukebox 5 years
I think this girl is so CORNY! but anyway, at 16 I was just regular..I don't think I ever had a persona i'm just me.
amloveaffair amloveaffair 5 years
I wouldn't say she's dark, I'd just say she acts like a slut. I was a band kid! I was pretty normal though, friends with most everyone, decent at school, went to a fair about of functions! I enjoyed high school for the most part!
LikeThoseShoes LikeThoseShoes 5 years
I was definitely into the whole SKA scene. Very colorful and fun... last thing I cared about was boys or being the cool chick in school. Just wanted to hang out with my girlfriends and run amuck like a loon. lol aaahh those were the days lol. oh and about this momsen girl... i can just image the legit rocker girls who are dying to take a chunk out of this little brat. something about her is just so phony... perhaps the bubble head to metal head transition she made so quickly. lol
chequettex chequettex 5 years
I was 16 in the mid-90s, and I didn't fit any particular appearance stereotype except maybe... grunge? Baggy, fraying jeans, big t-shirts and lots of funky jewelry. Most of my friends all just dressed normal, nothing too extreme. We were "theatre people" "band nerds" and "honors geeks" and we actually had a lot of fun from what I remember. No drinking, no drugs, not much sex either. I was not particularly angsty or insecure, and despite being chubbier back then (I think I wore the huge shirts to cover up the huge boobs I was uncomfortable with) I was more outgoing then - I had more friends. Nowadays I'm more confident, but I'm also much more reserved.
Datura2112 Datura2112 5 years
I was a punk who was already in a 2 year long relationship with a really nice boy 1 year older. I didn't drink or do drugs. We just looked very weird for our small town in the midwest, it wasn't the norm in the 80's to look like that at all. I hated school and never hung around the popular people. Never got in trouble with the police, just spent our time listening to music and taking that long ride up to Chicago every weekend to check out record stores, go to concerts and the under 21 clubs.
skigurl skigurl 5 years
I was so busy, going on road trips every weekend, drinking every weekend, skiing a lot, and having the time of my life. I loved highschool. I didn't have any crazy persona like goth or cheerleader or anything like that. I was pretty standard, but dressed well. Friends with lots of different groups, and always having an awesome time.
postmodernsleaze postmodernsleaze 5 years
I wasn't unpopular, but I was a punk rocker! Had the black hair and the Aus Rotten t-shirt and the back-patches on my hoodies haha. A little bit of a wild child I guess; I was no stranger to alcohol and drug experimenting. I thought I was a cool little anarchist while I carried around my book of Emma Goldman essays. I'm not like that at all now though. I wouldn't be caught dead listening to Britney Spears back then, but I'm not shy at all to get down to Circus nowadays ;) I'd hope that everyone changes from what they were when they were sixteen.
kurniakasih kurniakasih 5 years
I was part of the popular 'clique' that had the prettiest, smartest, popular gals (although I didn't know how the hell I became their friends because I was neither LOL). I was the tallest (seriously, at 5'6 I was considered tall) and definitely not skinny (but not chubby too, although in my old country I was considered 'big') and that explained why I only had 1 bf back then and 1 misadventure in dating back in HS (yeah, boys thought I was too tall and big for them LOL--they all liked me as friends, but not as the 'gf'). I was pretty athletic, I loved running, tennis, part of the volley ball team, softball team. I was part of drama club, school's newspaper, well all in all, I never got into 'real' trouble. Not a smoker, not a drinker, didn't do drug, no having sex (although we watched porn secretly), didn't even 'party' (when we had party, parents were always around--again, I wasn't growing up in US), didn't get in trouble with the law, basically, pretty vanilla and goody-two-shoes. I had a pretty good GPA, studied my hardest and entered University. But that's all exterior. Interior-wise, I was extremely insecure (physically and emotionally), which pretty much screwed me up pretty good during my relationships with men LOL and thought I was just not 'good enough'--have to work harder to please others-- and those thoughts were encouraged daily by my mother who claimed I wasn't a good enough person. Right now, I'm happy to to say that I've learned a lot from that awkward year. I've got my bruises and such, but at least, I know what's right now. I've often thought to myself, I wish that I knew what I know now...:)
RoaringSilence RoaringSilence 5 years
I was certainly not just losing my virginity, even though I really really wanted to. I was just one of the guys.. I'd drink beer with them while watching wrestling on TV. I had the biggest boobs out of all my friends, but was still invisible to all males for some reason :p I was also interested in girls, who apparently only wanted me as a friend too though. I was incredibly happy, however. I was learning things every day and enjoying deep conversations with my friends.
imLissy imLissy 5 years
I was chubby and geeky. Now I'm skinny and geeky. I didn't eat as healthy as I do now and I hated exercising and now I exercise daily. Other than that, I haven't changed much at all.
kea718 kea718 5 years
I was dark-ish... and a stoner. I'm so totally different now. I remember thinking at 16 how original I was and how I was being "myself".... I look back and realize how far from the truth that was. Everyone's always ragging on Taylor Momsen, but she's just being a typical 16 year old girl who's trying on different personalities, characteristics, clothes, and general contempt for the world.... She'll find herself eventually... Let her be 16 in peace.
soapbox soapbox 5 years
I just remember being a social butterfly and a teachers pet.
totygoliguez totygoliguez 5 years
I had this big mouth and was very obnoxious. I was also the teachers pet and a complete geek.
Girl-Jen Girl-Jen 5 years
I was a horribly awkward Goth with mood swings that rivaled those of my pregnancy. I sometimes consider mailing out apology letters to everyone who came into contact with me during my high school years.
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