30 Years Of Women On MTVWhitney Jefferson8/02/11 4:05pmFiled to: milestonesMtvanniversariesHappy birthday mtvVjsBirthdayMadonnaMariah CareyWhitney HoustonSnookiDaisy Fuentesmartha quinnkennedyJenny MccarthyAlicia SilverstoneDowntown Julie BrownCindy CrawfordMissy ElliotJanet JacksonJulie BrowndariaJessica Simpsonjoan of arcClone HighBritney Spears156EditPromoteShare to KinjaToggle Conversation toolsGo to permalinkThis week MTV celebrates its 30th anniversary, and over the course of three decades the network has done nothing short of redefining pop culture. And lucky for us, quite a few ladies helped push the network ahead along the way. Herewith, a celebration of the ladies of MTV. 1984: Martha QuinnAdvertisementWhy She Rocks: Of the network's first five VJs — Nina Blackwood, Mark Goodman, Alan Hunter, J.J. Jackson and Martha Quinn — Martha was a personal favorite of mine. I thought she was simply the bees knees, if nothing else than our shared attributes of brown hair and pale skin, but I was not alone in my adoration: Rolling Stone readers voted her "MTV's Best-Ever VJ" and Allure Magazine once called the 1980s "The Martha Quinn Decade." Today, the original group of VJ's (minus Jackson, who died in 2004) host a Sirius Radio show called 80's on 8.Recommended viewing: Martha Quinn Interviews Slash Martha Quinn Interviews Bob Dylan1985: Downtown Julie BrownAdvertisementWubba wubba wubba, everyone: Would Club MTV have been a hit were Downtown Julie Brown not at the helm? Doubtful; it was her kooky personality that carried along an otherwise-boring stretch of young couples grinding on one another. After MTV, Downtown Julie Brown went on to entertain at EPSN and eventually graced the cover of Playboy in 1998.Recommended viewing: Club MTV Julie Brown's Best Club MTV Outfits (Montage)1987: Julie BrownAdvertisementSponsoredYes, the other Julie Brown. In 1987, the comedienne released her first full-length album, Trapped in the Body of a White Girl — and her videos (like "The Homecoming Queen's Got a Gun") were played so much that MTV eventually gave Julie her very own show, Just Say Julie. Some may say she's the female equivalent to Weird Al, but the best thing about Julie is that she's still impersonating celebrities (like Paula Abdul, for example) to this day.Recommended viewing: "Vague" "Girl Fight Tonight" "How To Be A Model" Sharon Stone's Depends Commercial1987: Kari WührerThe pop-culture game show Remote Control ran from 1987 to 199; hosted by a pre-SNL Colin Quinn and his sidekick, Kari, the show's sketches were more entertaining than the competition itself.Recommended viewing: 1988 Episode of Remote Control Kari Plays "What If?" Adam Sandler is "Stud Boy" on Remote Control1988: Daisy FuentesAdvertisementAdvertisementWhile some of us might have had more repeated exposure to her through our workout VHS tapes, Daisy Fuentes was all over MTV from 1988 on. She was the network's first on-air Latina hired by both MTV and MTV Internacional, and she went on to host countless other series, perhaps most notably the Top 20 Countdown — or, if you're into it, the many many segments that featured her in a teeny-weeny bikini on the beach. Beach House, anyone?Recommended viewing: MTV Beach House MTV Top 20 Countdown for March 19951989: Cindy CrawfordAdvertisementWhen I began compiling this list, I had completely forgotten that supermodel Cindy Crawford had a gig moonlighting as the host on House Of Style. The series premiered in 1989, and if that makes you too young to remember what this show was all about, imagine an earlier, slightly classier version of Cribs, peppered with interviews of fashion industry people and discussion of issues. Created in response to the world's obsession with the supermodel, the show sought to explore the lives of models, the industry, and controversial topics like eating disorders. (Well, controversial back then.)Recommended viewing: Cindy Spoofs Denis Leary House Of Style Tours Will Smith's Home House Of Style: Women In Bands1992: KennedyAdvertisementAdvertisementThis woman was the face of 90s alternative rock. Kennedy and her trademark horn-rimmed glasses hosted Alternative Nation, without which we may not ever had been exposed to the likes of Nirvana, Soundgarden, Alice in Chains, and Pearl Jam. Today she hosts a local Los Angeles radio show called "Music In The Mornings" and most recently appeared on the TV series Pitchmen.Recommended viewing: Kennedy Interviews Tori Amos Kennedy Interviews Nine Inch Nails and David Bowie Kennedy Interviews Jackie Chan Rivers Cuomo on Alternative Nation1993: Alicia SilverstoneAdvertisementThe Aerosmith girl! Before there was Clueless, there was the video for "Cryin", which put both Silverstone and navel piercing on the map. The band would go on to put her in their videos for "Amazing" and "Crazy".Recommended viewing: "Cryin'" Video Jim Carry kisses Alicia at MTV VMA's MTV Clueless premiere beach party with Brittany Murphy and Donald Faison1995: Jenny McCarthyAdvertisementAdvertisementOnce upon a time, Jenny McCarthy was a Playboy model. Then she was the borderline-manic host of MTV's dating show, Singled Out. From 1995 - 1997, you might argue that she carried the show (as the "hot blonde" and all). And for this then-young viewer, she made dating seem a lot less awkward than it would later prove to be.Images via Hope ChellaRecommended viewing: Jenny McCarthy's last episode of Singled Out Boy Meets World meets Singled Out Watch A Full Episode Of Singled Out1996: DariaOur love of Daria Morgendorffer has been pretty well documented on this site, but for me, Daria was the fictitious answer to the vapid landscape of real-life pop-culture. It was all about the sarcasm, showcased some of my favorite 90s music, and gave me my first-ever crush on an animated man (Trent, I'll be your freakin' friend if you get what I mean). Animated or not, Daria gave smart girls someone to look up to, and I'll always be thankful for that.