It was nearly 20 years ago that we were welcomed into the bubbly, sparkly, sexy world of Sex and the City. Before that, we were basically living in the dark ages—a time without casual tutu-wear, copious Cosmopolitan orders, or infamous Post-it-fueled breakups.
The series is a pop culture staple, and a model for many 20- and 30-something’s lives in New York City. In fact, we’re all so familiar with the show and its imprint on urban living, that it’s sometimes difficult to distinguish between SATC events and real life. All the more challenging, the series’ lead and InStyle’s January cover girl, Sarah Jessica Parker, has a lot in common with her iconic character, Carrie Bradshaw—and by that, we mean they share an exquisite taste in shoes.
Despite the parallels between the series and our day-to-day, Sex and the City is, in fact, a beautiful work of TV fiction.
To draw the line between reality and the realm of SATC, we’ve gathered seven little known behind-the-scenes facts about the show (Chris Noth isn’t actually Mr. Big, but did you know the character was modeled after a real person?).
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Read on to discover some of the most fascinating SATC secrets, and for more from Sarah Jessica Parker, pick up the January issue of InStyle, available on newsstands and for digital download Friday, Dec. 9.