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Former Teen Star Reflects on Past Popularity

Interview with Tiffany

July 29, 2004

By ANGELA RICCIO


Britney Spears and Christina Aguilera are two of the most famous young pop-icons of our generation. But before they started their careers, there were other teen pop queens topping the charts, and in the 1980's no young performer was more popular than the red-haired singing sensation, simply known as "Tiffany."

Tiffany Renee Darwish was born October 2nd 1971 and by 1987, at the age of 16, released her debut album titled Tiffany. With the help from an unprecedented mall tour, her album reached the number one spot on the billboard album chart and ultimately went multiplatinum. Tiffany suddenly found herself performing in front of an audience of thousands of screaming young fans all over the country.

Like Britney and Christina are pop rivals today, Tiffany's teen pop rival was Debbie Gibson. I recently had the opportunity to speak with Tiffany and asked her to tell me about her musical competition with Debbie Gibson. "The thing was, Debbie and I were both very popular right around the same time," explained Tiffany, "and we produced similar music for the same audience of kids, so we were often compared, but I didn't consider it a rivalry. I think we both liked each other's music, just like most of our fans listened to both of us at that time."

I had to ask Tiffany what it was like being one of the first performers to start out singing in shopping malls. She said, "It was so much fun, and we had no idea that it was going to take me to the top, I just did it to get my music out to the younger generation -- and we all know they hang out at the mall."

When asked if she hung out at the mall when she was young she said, "Of course I did...whenever I got the chance me and my friends would go to the mall, but in my mid teens, I actually focused more on my music career."

By the early 1990's Tiffany decided to take a break from the lime light. "People think I disappeared," she said, "but I just took some time away to be a person, and not just a personality."

Now Tiffany devotes her time to writing her own songs with lyrics that truly reflect her life experience. I asked Tiffany to tell me what keeps her busy these days. "I still perform, and I'm still out on the scene, however, I don't sing the same kind of music, and I definitely do not perform to the same type of crowds. My music and audience is much more mature these days."

Tiffany informed me of how popular she is in England, and said she will be releasing a new single this fall. Recently, she has made the cover of many magazines, featuring an "All grown up" Tiffany, with a new lifestyle. She's not just a little girl anymore; she's a woman, who has matured personally and professionally in all aspects.

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Angela Riccio is a Hollywood correspondent for GirlsNewsDaily.com, covering music and movies. A lover of the I Love Lucy show from an early age, Angela's interests include learning martial arts, playing musical instruments and other entertainment activities. Artists she has previously interviewed include Jennifer Lopez, Avril Lavigne and Nelly.

e-mail Angela at: StarStruckAngie@aol.com



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