Danielle Fishel Strips Down For ‘Maxim’ Magazine


As we all know by now, the Boy Meets World sequel, Girl Meets World, is officially going down. Casting choices for the children of Cory and Topanga Matthews have recently been revealed and we’ve gotten to meet their adorable daughter and son. Danielle Fishel (Topanga) has played a huge part in the hype surrounding the new show and now she’s bringing all the boys to the yard with her new Maxim spread. Click inside for a better look!

Danielle Fishel For Maxim Magazine:


Where the heck did the name Topanga come from?
Michael Jacobs, who created Boy Meets World, says he was driving down the highway when production called and said, “We need a name for this character!” He happened to be driving past Topanga Canyon, so he said, “Topanga.” He says that if they had called him two miles later, I would’ve been named Canoga, which is the next exit.

Have you ever met anyone named Topanga?
I’ve met five little girls named Topanga, all after me, and I’ve heard about many more. People will tweet me, and I’ve had family members who have met other Topangas. It’s crazy and it’s flattering, but I never know what to say when they’re showing me their beautiful little girls. I’m like, “Really? Topanga!?”

Why do you think so many people feel an attachment to Boy Meets World?
We were in people’s family rooms every Friday for seven years. When I watch old episodes, it’s like watching home movies, so I imagine that other people feel the same way. ABC’s TGIF lineup was probably the one time a week when parents and kids all watched TV together.

Soooo, yeah. That’s what’s been going on with Topanga, lol! That friggen picture of her in the trenchcoat is everything; I swear. I look just like that when I get back from the grocery store, so yeah. I can really identify with the concept of this shoot… lmao.

You can head over to Maxim to read the rest of her interview and check out the other pics. She talks about being engaged, graduating from college, and that one time Bob Saget asked her for coke on a flight to Disney World. Love it!

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  • Vicky

    Does she not age? She looks fabulous!

  • I get that this is Maxim magazine, not generally a basion of feminism, but is it really necessary to have her pose with a vacuum cleaner? I’m actually surprised she agreed to do so.

    • Shannon

      Trent, I dunno. I got a ‘Mad Men’ kinda vibe from it. It’s def not the feminist ideal, but we are in the age of the sexy housewife. I always think stuff like this is just kinda funny.

    • @Shannon — Meh. I don’t get the “age of the sexy housewife” thing … I mean, I get why men are into it but I don’t get why women would be like, “Ok, I’ll ‘pretend’ to be a subservient housewife in order to look sexy”.

    • Shannon

      LOL, see… when I see the vacuum and the grocery bags I do see ‘housewife’ but I don’t see ‘subservient.’ However, I do understand why those two are often related and conflated. I’m a stay-at-home Mom though– so I stay with the vacuum and grocery bags (less with the vacuum), lol! I’d like to think it’s sexy (ha!) but as far as the male gaze. Well, yeah. That’s a whole other problematic. Anyway, I may or may not have some private facebook pics from a few years back that look exactly like this so I’m def taking this personally, LMAO!

      But honestly? I prefer seeing someone like Danielle do a shoot like this because we know she’s funny and she has substance and all that. I think I’m more annoyed when it’s a model or celeb and we pretty much know that this is ALL she represents. Danielle doing it, for me, adds a bit of a tongue-in-cheek aspect to it.

    • ClaireMichelle

      I’m just hoping the only reason they went this direction with the shoot is to poke fun at the fact that she will soon be playing a mother (I don’t think a housewife though, I haven’t read much on Topanga’s role I guess) on Girl Meets World. Maybe next there will be a photoshoot of Ben Savage posing as a sexy teacher? Haha. No matter what though, she looks amazing!!!

    • @Shannon — I totally get where you are coming from. I understand that because we may know that Danielle is an intelligent and strong woman that these photos can be taken with tongue-firmly-in-cheek. But I’m guessing that 99% of the Maxim “reading” audience could care less how intelligent a woman is. I think my knee-jerk reaction always is why can’t the husband be home vacuuming while the wife is at work at the hospital/courthouse/office building? I agree that doing housework has nothing to do with someone’s intelligence, etc. but for me it just seems like a stereotype that won’t die. I wonder if I’d see the photos differently if they were featured in a different magazine?

    • Shannon

      Trent, ‘why can’t the husband be home vacuuming while the wife is at work at the hospital/courthouse/office building?’ Sure! So next, we need a David Beckham stay-at-home Dad photo shoot, where he’s rocking those boxers, nothing else, and the vacuum, lol.

      Also, reminds me of a book I once saw called ‘Woman’s Porn’ and all it consisted of were photos of men doing housework, lmao! So, I think all genders find the ‘houseperson’ thing sexy. Interestingly enough, we also see sexy ‘power-women’ shoots. They could have put Topanga in some hot, corporate, business woman shoot (although I think ClaireMichelle is right and they chose this one for a reason), and that would have had it’s own problematics.

      I agree that because it’s ‘Maxim,’ it has a different feel to it. LOL @ ‘Maxim “reading” audience’!

  • Devonte Antonio

    Well, I am a man and I tend to vacuum my apartment once every 3 or so days after I cut my hair…so I’m usually naked…and let me tell you, it’s some SEXXXY stuff…lol

    • @Devonte Antonio — PROVE IT!!!!

    • Shannon

      Devonte Antonio, AFTER you cut your hair?!?! BWAHAHA! OMG, stop it. And yeah, prove it… LOL :)

    • Devonte Antonio

      Well now that y’all done put me on the spot, I would go ahead and say that I am trying to run for political office and wouldn’t want that to come back on me…no…I’m not…I just haven’t worked out in 3 weeks…lol

  • Megan

    What bugs me is that quote on the cover that says ‘Your lifelong crush answers the call of booty’. What does that even mean? lol.

  • Brenna

    I agree with Trent here. This strikes me a as a pretty sexist photo shoot. But I guess Maxim may be a sexist magazine, so there you go.