By Mandi Bierly
Updated July 02, 2007 at 12:00 PM EDT
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Credit: Lindsay Lohan: Steve Granitz/

Lindsay Lohan turns 21 today, and though I know you’d prefer to be reading whatever haiku Slezak would pen in her honor, he’s off today, like 95 percent of the EW staff. So, PopWatchers, let’s celebrate in an even more constructive way: by playing armchair agent and suggesting what kind of project she should do next to win back her fans. Before you get your snark on, know that I’m writing this from a Craig Ferguson don’t-make-fun-of-those-who-need-help-and- are-getting-it place, and would encourage you all to join me there. (Remember how much you loved The Parent Trap, Freaky Friday, and Mean Girls — or at least didn’t hate them? Channel it.)

Personally, I’d love to see Lohan return to a project that she announced in 2004, and then abandoned— the film adaptation of Lynn Messina’s debut novel Fashionistas (think Lauren Weisberger’s The Devil Wears Prada only smarter, funnier, and quirkier— and I’m not just saying that because I’ve known Messina for 10 years). Lohan needs a sharp, clever, underdog character that reminds us that she’s bright, talented, and, most importantly, someone we can still root for. She’d find it in those pages.What project would you pitch Lohan?

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