Mandy Moore, everyone’s favorite mediocre ’90s singer, turns 29 today! And what better way to celebrate than with a gif-illustrated look back at Mandy’s greatest cultural contributions!

At the tender age of 15, Mandy burst onto the scene in a totally hip lime green VW bug in the music video for her first single, “Candy.” She was too young to actually drive the vehicle so they had to rig it to a truck. Aww!

 

As the exaggerated lip-synching in the “Candy” clip suggests, Mandy had more of a future in acting than in music. So in 2001, she bullied some girl named Anne Hathaway in The Princess Diaries. Karma got her back in the form of an ice cream cone.
In 2002, she moved from supporting role to lead in A Walk to Remember as a Christian girl with leukemia. First your eyes will hurt from rolling them at the bad-boy-falls-in-love-with-dying-saint-and-learns-not-to-be-such-a-jerk cliche, but then they’ll hurt from crying.

 

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She plays another Bible lover in 2004’s Saved, but, this time, she’s evil and likes to throw scripture at atheists and will shoot anyone who tries to have sex with her before marriage in the penis.

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She then took part in the only photoshoot that matters, alongside Amanda Bynes, the Olsens, and Hilary Duff. Also: Props to whomever, like, wrote the copy for this cover.

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Mandy eventually transitioned to television with stints on shows like Entourage and Scrubs. Apparently, her character in the latter series didn’t care for being upstaged by inflatable breasts.

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Nowadays, Mandy splits her time between making music and movies, being randomly married to Ryan Adams, and looking smoking at fashion weeks around the globe. May she never stop being on the outermost periphery of our cultural knowledge!

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The only way to bring this post to an end is with a foot salute. Bye!

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Emmanuel Hapsis

Emmanuel Hapsis studied creative writing at University of Maryland, College Park and went on to receive his MFA in the field from California College of the Arts. After a few years of odd jobs, he landed at KQED, where he worked his way up from an intern to being the lead producer of a literature podcast and then the creator and editor of KQED Pop. In his free time, he teaches yoga and sings his heart out at karaoke.

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