Rare Photos From The 2000s No One Talks About

By Sophia Maddox | January 10, 2024

Jim Carrey and Kate Winslet on the set of ‘Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind’, 2003

The aughts were a decade where everything happened at once. A clash of styles occurred as civilization moved into the new millennium, while many people looked forward to a new era, others drew inspiration from the past.

These rarely-seen snapshots from the 2000s show the enthusiasm and excitement that came with greeting a new decade, even if everyone was unsure of what exactly was going to happen. The excitement and sensuality of the decade spills over from each photo, so make sure you have plenty of time to spend on each shot.

If you're ready to have your concept of the 2000s challenged, then start scrolling through these fascinating photos from the first decade of the new millennium.

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There’s no movie that took hold of the 2000s quite like Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, the film about a man who decides to erase his ex girlfriend from his brain. With a heartbreaking story and amazing direction by Michel Gondrey, this is one of the few films from the tween era of the 2000s that still holds up.

Winslet believes that Eternal Sunshine is the reason that she was offered serious roles after her turn as a teen star in films like Titanic:

I think creatively it opened people’s eyes to other sides of myself as a performer. I think that perhaps if it hadn’t been for that, maybe I wouldn’t necessarily have been considered for something like The Reader. I was able to show my versatility in Eternal Sunshine, and versatility obviously expands in all kinds of different directions.

A rare casting Polaroid of Doutzen Kroes from 2003

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It’s rare to see such an off the cuff photo of a model. They’re so often posed and well lit that they don’t seem like real people, they’re more like constructs. By the 2000s the era of the super model had crested, but Kroes took the world of Victoria’s Secret by storm when she was only 18 years old.

Kroes says she never wanted to be a model, but after some shots of her were sent over to Paparazzi Model Management in Amsterdam her career was jumpstarted in a major way.

Before that twist of fate she was a country girl, biking 15 miles a day to school and back from her home and hanging out with horses. It’s a long way from that to fashion week.