What's Your Damage, Heather?

What's Your Damage, Heather?

Heathers the musical hits Brisbane this month and we chatted to Queen Bee Heather Chandler (aka Kirby Burgess) about fashion, fame and being super effing popular.

By Elizabeth Best | 5th January 2016

Often referred to as the original Mean Girls, the Winona Rider, Christian Slater 1988 cult hit Heathers has been given a stage show makeover that’s every bit as darkly comic as the original. In this musical, Queen Bee Heather Chandler rules the school with her iconic red scrunchie, so we sat down with her to find out her secrets to being “super effing popular”.

So Heather, you’re the most popular girl at your school, what are some of your top fashion and hair tips?

Well, I mean hair just has to be totally big, right? The bigger the hair the skinnier you look. Go with whatever suits your frame, but since I have a killer frame I can go super big with my hair. As far as fashion, there are some things I wear that I look effing awesome in and I wear them because I know other people can’t pull them off. But since they wanna be like me, they wear them and look ridiculous, which I find HILARIOUS.

How would you critique my style?

You really need to accentuate your shoulders more… big shoulders make you look skinnier and your shoulders do not look big, if you get my meaning. Are you wearing like a kaftan? What even is that? Yeah, I have a teacher who wears that, so I guess if you wanna look like an old person that’s fine…

What is your one essential fashion piece?

My red scrunchie. I don’t like to brag, but I’m kind of the Queen Bee, so it’s my signature. It defines me as an authority figure. People look up to me because of that scrunchie.

Heathers MusicalImage: Kurt Sneddon

Tell me about your outfit today?

My mom bought this red dress for me and I’m pretty lucky my mom has style. Heather McNamara came to school the other day in this hideous sweater that her mom bought for her, and it was the most hideous effing thing I’ve seen.

My white tights are really hard to pull off; I look effing great in them and everyone else looks like crap so that’s why I wear them.

My jacket… Look, I don’t wanna brag or anything but this was featured on the cover of Vogue and my parents are, like, friends with the editor or something. Anyway, I get home one day and there’s this box on my bed and I open it and there’s the jacket with a note that says, “You HAVE to wear this”. I go to school the next day and everyone else is like, “That is SO very” and I’m like, “Whatever it’s a free jacket.”

How would you describe your signature look?

When I wear this stuff, everyone wants to f#@k me. It’s an effable outfit.

If you went to school in 2015, what would your favourite hashtag be?


What do you think the other Heathers really think of you?

That I’m awesome.

What’s your secret to being super popular?

Just being super effing awesome.

What do you think of Regina George?

Keep trying, sweetheart.

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Article by Elizabeth Best

Elizabeth is the former Digital Editor of Style Magazines. She knew she wanted to be a journalist from the age of six and has spent the past decade working for some of Australia's top publications. She also thinks mint chocolate is a gift straight from the heavens.


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