Everyone knows and probably hates to love Cheryl Blossom from Riverdale. She’s a red-headed powerhouse ready to take on anything in her path. Cheryl takes no crap from anyone — not even her mother — and makes her presence known whenever she enters a room.
You know her, you love her, of course, it’s Cheryl Blossom. Between the first season of Riverdale and the second season, we get a different Cheryl. She drastically changes and becomes softer (in some moments). A few things we want to do is talk about are: who is Cheryl now? How has she grown from season one? And, why is she so gorgeous?
Okay, the last question was more of a statement, but nonetheless, it’s true.
The Red-Haired Goddess That Is Cheryl Blossom
Blossom is about 5’6, and one of her most notable features is her long, wavy-ginger hair. It most often drapes her left shoulder. She has dark brown eyes, full lips, and a rather pale skin. Her red lipstick is her feature, often wearing it in any circumstance. It is a part of her makeup look.
Cheryl Blossom dresses very fashionably, wearing modern, colorful dresses and skirts. She is slender to the build and she unsurprisingly favors red clothes. Cheryl’s childhood was raised in a rich household, she is mean with a queen bee persona. However, that is not fully her fault — she was neglected by her parents her entire childhood. Cheryl Blossom has no other way to be.
Cheryl Is Not Always A Snob
She is entitled to Riverdale and lets everyone know that. Cheryl wants to be feared (on purpose) because that is who she is. Underneath it all, she does want to be liked as well, but will never truly admit that fact. Throughout Riverdale, she is constantly thinking about herself and what she looks like in the light of others. She wants to be feared and a little bit disliked.
The one person she genuinely loved aside from herself was her brother, Jason Blossom. Not only is Cheryl perceived as the queen bee, she can be perceived as arrogant and snobby because she is rich and well-off in the Riverdale community.
[perfectpullquote align=”full” bordertop=”false” cite=”” link=”” color=”” class=”” size=””]Jughead. I’m sorry. I had no right to pummel you the way I did that day. As recompense, I’d like to give you this. My iconic spider brooch. It’ll catch a pretty penny at the local pawn shop, enough to keep you in burgers and “S” t-shirts for years, if not decades.[/perfectpullquote]
Cheryl Blossom, however, is not always mean and crabby — she can be soft and gentle when she cares about someone. This is seen with Jason, Archie, sometimes Betty, and even at times, Polly. Her slight best friend, one could call them, is Josie.
Cheryl’s Mental Health Throughout Riverdale
After finding out her brother, Jason was murdered by their father, Clifford. She took a turn for the absolute worst. Realizing that she lost two immediate people from her life, she did not take that well. She decided to take her own life but was saved by Archie Andrews.
(Of course, he saves the day!) After that, she realized that she did not need to take her own life, but take her life back. Cheryl Blossom then decided to burn down her old house, get rid of the memories, and start over.
And she did.
The Aftermath of Starting Over
After Cheryl Blossom burned her house down and created a new start at the beginning of season 2 of Riverdale she was a changed woman. Aside from her, Penelope (Mother Blossom) was the only one who knew about the house burning down.
While her mother was in the hospital she threatened her that if she said anything, she would tell the police what really happened to their father. The constant years of the verbal abuse and turmoil were over, and she got darker and more assertive. Cheryl Blossom was no longer going to take the abuse she once withstood from her family anymore.
In order to Cheryl to show her assertive side and show she was not playing around, she constricted her mother’s air tube for a few seconds at the hospital. Again, showing that she was not joking around. She expressed to her mother that the only reason she was living and breathing was because Cheryl Blossom gave her the right to do so.
Which only meant, Penelope could live if things were going to change for the better.
A Semi-Emphatic Depiction Of A Character With Mental Illness
While Cheryl Blossom is a character known for her outspokenness and her bold personality. She is known for more than that in Riverdale. She is a powerhouse and a representation of mental illness in television. Not only was she verbally abused and left to be in a traumatic household, she has probably suffered PTSD along the way.
Cheryl Blossom is emotionally distressed, constantly thinking everyone is out to get her (or in some way harm her like her family is) and above all else, she thinks she has to be feared in order to feel okay with herself.She is an icon on Riverdale for her mental illness, while she may not be taking care of it in a positive light.
Cheryl is taking care of it the best way she knows how to. She doesn’t appear to be someone who would go to therapy, or talk it out with friends. She is only there for herself and with herself and that is all she needs. At least for right now.
What Can Become Of Cheryl Blossom in Riverdale?
Cheryl Blossom is an icon for mental illness, that is a fact. However, she is an icon for LQBTQIA+, too. She is just the powerhouse of Riverdale. In the second half of the season, Cheryl is dating a girl and in a relationship with Toni. It is heavily implied in the second season. Cheryl Blossom is not only an icon of Riverdale, deservingly so, she is the best character on Riverdale.
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