Whatever: Dionne’s most memorable moments in 90s hit ‘Clueless’
Ever since Cher (Alicia Silverstone) and the rest of the Beverly Hills clan launched onto our screens back in 1995, Clueless has maintained its title as the “phattest movie eva”. The modern take on Jane Austen’s Emma became a surprise hit, giving birth to an entire dictionary of catchphrases still spoken to this day (“as if!”) and securing its spot as a major part of pop culture.
Although it’s easy to forget the film is over two decades old, the reality of its age was slapped in our faces this week by the news that Stacey Dash (you know, Cher’s BFF Dionne) is now running for Congress in California. Say wut?
Causing controversy with her political stances, Dash is a far cry from her box-braid days. However, it doesn’t take away from the impact her character in Clueless had on teen movie history and in celebration of this, let’s take a look at all the reasons Dionne “Dee” Davenport was a total Betty, and then some.
When she gave Amber a roasting
The girls’ arch-nemesis Amber (Elisa Donovan) fulfills every popular girl stereotype, being snobbish, mean-spirited, and spiteful. Still, she was no match for Dionne’s quick wit and sharp tongue. “There goes your social life!”
Her sweetness & sympathy
One of the most touching elements of Clueless’s storyline is the fact that Cher & Dionne are a fresh spin on the concept of high-school cliques – popular girls who are kind & inclusive. Instead of shunning Tai (Brittany Murphy), Dionne helps Cher take the new girl under their wings to guide her through the perils of high school lyf.
The freeway freakout
Dionne provides one of the film’s many LOL moments when she accidentally veers onto the freeway. Both Dee and Cher deal with it the way every new driver would – with a lot of screaming and a little bit of crying.
Her badass makeup skills
Dionne is like the Ghostbusters of the makeup world. Date emergency? Transformative makeover? Who you gonna call? Dee Davenport!
We all remember the moment she was called upon by Cher to help control the “flushing”before that oh-so important night with Christian (although the date itself turned out to be the result of the most misread signals eva).
Her (at times brutal) honesty
Cher: “Would you call me selfish?”
Dionne: “No, not to your face.”
You can always count on your BFF to tell you the truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth.
Her loyalty to Cher
Cher & Dionne taught us what best buddies should be and Dee’s loyalty was testament to their friendship – she always stuck by Cher, always offered a buddy to shop with, and no matter what, always offered a friendly voice on the end of her flip phone.
When she threatens to call Murray’s mom
Dionne kept her long-term bae Murray (Donald Faison) in check, especially when he tried to “keep it real” and bic-shave his head. Dionne’s solution? Calling his mom, obviously.
Her relationship with Murray in general
Dionne and Murray are, like, so the cutest on-screen couple of all time, and while they might indulge in a little bit too much PDA, they make up for it in style, wit, and just generally being a pair of badasses. #couplegoals
Last but definitely not least – Dionne’s iconic style
Let’s face it – we could’ve made an entire list on Dionne’s fly outfit choices alone. Every single ensemble she wore on Clueless still creates a stir in fashion circles to this day, particularly the infamous matching plaid schoolgirl uniform. Both Cher and Dee were two sides of the same coin, Dee’s side being notably edgier and more daring.