Mean Girls: Janis Ian

I think prior to this project I would have chosen Janis Ian as my favorite character from Mean Girls, but I’ll never think of her the same way since I read this piece on how she is the meanest girl of all.

A long sleeve gray shirt with a black tee over it with the word RUBBISH in yellow letters, a black midi skirt, and black & white tights on a dress form with purple and silver glitter converse all star sneakers on the floor in front of it.

Outfit #1: Gray Long Sleeve Shirt

Black Tee with the word Rubbish in Yellow and Bleach Stains on it. I will post more about this later!

Black Larry Levine Wavy Midi Skirt

Black and White Striped Tights that I ripped one knee open pulling on a thread right before this photo shoot. But, on the upside of things, that made it more authentic since Janis is actually wearing knee-high socks with bare knees in that outfit.

Shoes: Purple and Silver Glitter Converse All-Star Sneakers

A long sleeve brown button up, a black midi skirt, and black & white tights on a dress form with purple and silver glitter converse all star sneakers on the floor in front of it.

Outfit #2: Same as Outfit #1 with Chocolate Brown Apt. 9 Collared Button-up Shirt that I borrowed from my partner, but I might have just acquired forever after realizing he has not worn it since when it was…

Previously seen on Eleanor Vance from The Haunting.

A person dressed as Janis Ian from Mean Girls. They are facing away from the camera and the emphasis is on the dark hair clipped up.

Hair: Natural Black Beehive Wig

Previously seen on Dracula’s Bride from Bram Stoker’s Dracula.

I held the long ends up with two claw hair clips, put two glittery barrettes in the front to hold the bangs to the side, and added some twisty up-do gems in the beehive bit since I couldn’t find my baby butterfly clips. (I hope I didn’t get rid of them!) Sure, this wig is a bit large for Janis’ do, but it still tracks because even in the movie there are jokes about her wearing a wig.

A selfie of a person dressed up as Janis Ian from Mean Girls in heavy black eye makeup, with a nose ring, and lots of hair accessories.

Makeup:

Eyes: Blackest Black Glimmerstick from Avon

Carbon Black NYX Super Fat Eye Marker

Very Black Covergirl Lash Blast Volume Waterproof Mascara

Lips: Kate Moss Collection 104 Rimmel London Lasting Finish Lipstick

A selfie of a person dressed up as Janis Ian from Mean Girls in heavy black eye makeup, with a nose ring, and lots of hair accessories.

Accessories: Fake Nose Ring

Silver Hoop Earrings I’ve worn off and on since High School in my second and third ear piercings.

Gray Abstract Paint Earrings made by my friend.

A close-up of a red framed marquee easel chalkboard with three things written in white chalk, "- Aaron Samuels - "Hot" Body - Army of Skanks

Prop 1: Red Framed Chalkboard Easel with White Chalk (not pictured). I bought this on sale with the intention of using it for in-person shows where I sell my homemade jewelry, but now I don’t really do that anymore.

A flat lay of a small slip of white paper, a number 2 pencil, a wooden back scratcher, and a rolled poster.

Prop 2: Small Piece of White Paper, Number 2 Pencil, Rolled Poster, and Wooden Back Scratcher (used as a pointer) that they handed out for free promos at the State Fair one year.

A side-by-side comparison of a selfie of a person dressed up as Janis Ian from Mean Girls in heavy black eye makeup, with a nose ring, and lots of hair accessories next to Lizzy Caplan as Janis Ian from the movie. Words say Mean Girls and Janis Ian.

A person dressed up as Janis Ian from Mean Girls in a long sleeve brown button-up shirt over a black tee over it with the word RUBBISH in yellow letters, a black midi skirt, and black & white tights with purple and silver glitter converse all star sneakers edited into a scene in a classroom at school.
There’s a new girl named Cady at school. I introduce myself and my friend Damian who I refer to as “too gay to function.”

A person dressed up as Janis Ian from Mean Girls in a long sleeve gray shirt with a black tee over it with the word RUBBISH in yellow letters, a black midi skirt, and black & white tights with purple and silver glitter converse all star sneakers edited into a scene in the bathroom at school.
Cady says that Regina George wants to be friends with her and that she seems sweet. I tell her, “Regina George is not sweet! She’s a scum-sucking road whore, she ruined my life!”

A person dressed up as Janis Ian from Mean Girls in a long sleeve gray shirt with a black tee over it with the word RUBBISH in yellow letters, a black midi skirt, and black & white tights with purple and silver glitter converse all star sneakers edited into a scene in Cady's bedroom.
I convince Cady that it would be fun to mess up Regina George’s life. So she pretends to be friends with Regina, and then she would come to my house after and we laugh about all the dumb stuff Regina said. And we gave these candy bar things to Regina that would make her gain weight, and then we turned her best friends against her. And then… Oh yeah, Cady – you know my friend Cady? She made out with her boyfriend, and we convinced him to break up with her. Oh, God, and we gave her foot cream instead of face wash.

A person dressed up as Janis Ian from Mean Girls in a long sleeve gray shirt with a black tee over it with the word RUBBISH in yellow letters, a black midi skirt, and black & white tights with purple and silver glitter converse all star sneakers edited into a scene outside Cady's house in Damian's car.
But then I find out that Cady blew off my Art Show to host a party at her house, and she didn’t invite me or Damian. When we ride up to find it in full swing, I ask, “Did you have an awesome time? Did you drink awesome shooters, listen to awesome music, and just soak up each other’s awesomeness?” Then, I throw my drawing from the art show at her and say, “Here, you can have this, it won a prize.”

A person dressed up as Janis Ian from Mean Girls in a long sleeve brown shirt over a black tee over it with the word RUBBISH in yellow letters, a black midi skirt, and black & white tights with purple and silver glitter converse all star sneakers edited into a scene in the gym during the apology assembly.
After the school riot, when we’re bonding during assembly, I get onstage to speak my truth and apologize. “God! I am so sorry Regina. Really, I don’t know why I did this. I guess it’s probably because I’ve got a big lesbian crush on you! Suck on that! AY-YI-YI-YI-YI-YI!”

A side-by-side comparison of a person dressed up as Janis Ian from Mean Girls in a long sleeve gray shirt under a black tee over it with the word RUBBISH in yellow letters, a black midi skirt, and black & white tights with purple and silver glitter converse all star sneakers holding a pencil next to Lizzy Caplan as Janis Ian from the movie. Words say Mean Girls and Janis Ian.

A side-by-side comparison of a person dressed up as Janis Ian from Mean Girls in a long sleeve brown button-up shirt over a black tee over it with the word RUBBISH in yellow letters, a black midi skirt, and black & white tights with purple and silver glitter converse all star sneakers holding a slip of paper next to Lizzy Caplan as Janis Ian from the movie. Words say Mean Girls and Janis Ian.

By now, I’ve shown you how to dress up as:

Cady Heron

Karen Smith

Regina George

Gretchen Wieners

and Janis Ian

but if you still can’t pull a look together for a last-minute costume this Halloween Monday…

Grab a blue hoodie, a pair of aviator sunglasses, and make some sort of sign to be

Damian Leigh.

A person dressed as Damian Leigh from Mean Girls in a blue hoodie pulled tightly around their face with aviator sunglasses and a sign that reads She Doesn't Even Go Here!

Catch me back here very soon for another post.

In the meantime, check out the Mean Girls Vibes board on Pinterest.

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