Rare Photos From The 2000s No One Talks About

By Sophia Maddox | January 17, 2024

Paris takes her flip phone and makes it fashion

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.

test article image
source: pinterest

Paris Hilton holds a unique place in the hearts of millennials. Not only did she coin the much quoted phrase, “that’s hot,” but she created a character based on the belief that she was, like, a totally vapid rich girl. Or maybe she was just being herself.

In the 2000s she was the one socialite who everyone knew. She was flashy and in your face and she didn’t care who she ticked off. Her style can be described as “bad taste,” but that was kind of her thing. She essentially created having a personal brand before having a personal brand was important to social media stars.

Looking back at Paris' style from the 2000s, it's clear that she formed the entire basis of the in your face, mish-mash style of the decade.

A rare casting Polaroid of Doutzen Kroes from 2003

test article image
source: pinterest

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.