Geek Girl Of The Week: Jenny Lewis

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Who: Jenny Lewis

Type of Geek: The Nostalgic, California Dreamin’ Music Geek

Jenny Lewis has come a long way since singing about Wilderness Girls cookies in front of the Georgio store in Troop Beverly Hills. (In case you don’t remember, take a minute and search “Cookie Time” on YouTube. It’s totally worth it.) In fact, in the early ’90s, it looked like this raven-haired powerhouse was destined for movie stardom, what with over 20 acting credits before the age of 20. Thankfully, Jenny couldn’t silence her love of music and left the bright lights of Hollywood for the urban sprawl of Omaha, where she joined the musical family at Saddle Creek Records and recorded with her band Rilo Kiley.

Over the next 15 years, Jenny rose up the indie-rock ranks to become one of the scene’s most adored and admired frontwomen, thanks to her effortlessly cool style and relatability. Sure, she’s still close with some of the A-listers from her past life, but Jenny lives and breathes music, which you can tell by listening to any of her heartfelt and timeless recordings.

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Leslie is the author of Geek Girls Unite: How Fangirls, Bookworms, Indie Chicks and Other Misfits Are Taking Over the World, out now through It Books. She is also the author of Wish You Were Here: An Essential Guide to Your Favorite Music Scenes and co-author of Everybody Hurts: An Essential Guide to Emo Culture. She currently lives in Los Angeles, CA.