Gossip Girl‘s Jenny Humphrey shared many of her brother’s traits. Just like Dan, she had integrity, she had a lot of potential and she knew her place in the world from a very young age. But Jenny was never really as good as Dan at holding grudges, which is probably why at the end of the show she was able to make peace with her biggest bully, Blair Waldorf.
But Jenny has made some mistakes as well and there have been times when she has behaved irrationally. But that doesn’t take away from the fact that she was relentlessly bullied and socially intimidated by Upper East Siders when she was just a kid.
When Jenny had successfully managed to dethrone Blair, she simply takes over her mantle and resumes her toxic dominion instead of actually making changes. This is usually what a teenage Queen B would do when given a chance to actually make people listen.
“There is no more hierarchy. The steps of the MET will no longer be restricted to a certain crowd. No more Nairtinis, no more headbands … This is a new era! Let freedom reign!” she exclaimed. Instead of doing away with the title altogether she simply unleashed her own reign of terror, proving once and for all that she wasn’t better than Blair but simply jealous.
Many teenagers aspire to be a part of the fashion industry, but Jenny Humphrey, in spite of not having too many A-lister or Upper East Side contacts, manages to accomplish some really stellar work even before she graduated high school. This is really quite staggering because usually designers or creatives don’t start working professionally until they have at least enrolled at fashion school.
The fact that Jenny was so confident about her skills and knew exactly what she wanted to do and had started working for a major designer and even understood the rigors of designing, as a teenager, is quite astonishing.
Realistically speaking, Blair’s banishment didn’t have any real credibility and couldn’t functionally do any harm to Jenny if she didn’t respect it. However Jenny was just a teen and quite overwhelmed at how things had turned out with Chuck, it was quite natural for her to just be scared.
As she grew up though, Jenny really could have questioned the legitimacy of this so-called banishment especially since so much time had passed. In season 4 she does come into Manhattan but it becomes very evident that she’s still very aware of her ban and this may have been her teenage anxieties which she simply never resolved.