How I Unknowingly Fulfilled My Childhood Dream of Becoming Like Lizzie McGuire
If you took a trip back to 2003 and asked 8-year-old me what she wanted to be when she grew up, the answer would either be a veterinarian or Lizzie McGuire. Back in the day, I was obsessed with the likes of Raven Baxter, Miley Stewart, and Kim Possible. Opinionated, sassy, intelligent, and creative, each one of these young Disney heroines was unique in their own way and quickly became role models who I could look up to as I imagined what it'd be like to go to middle school and high school. Little did I know, their influence on me would last way past senior year.
While every single Disney star impacted me in one way or another — because I pretty much watched Disney Channel and Nickelodeon 24/7 — Lizzie McGuire was my number-one idol. She had what I considered amazing style, even more incredible friends, and she got to pose as an Italian pop star at only 15! She was basically living the dream, and I always did my best to imitate her. Somewhere along the way, I think I actually kind of succeeded. Here's why my friends and family have Lizzie and a few other young Disney Channel ladies to thank for my weird and wonderful personality.