Rare Photos From The 2000s No One Talks About

By Sophia Maddox | January 24, 2024

Missy Elliot rocks her trash bag outfit onstage

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 one that’s as groundbreaking in terms of musical endeavors or fashion as Missy Elliott, the Virginia born rapper and producer. The public first came to know her in the late ‘90s, but this four time Grammy winner continued to deliver game changing music throughout the 2000s and into the 2010s.

Elliot is a low key style queen, but her most iconic outfit has to be the trash bag suit from “The Rain (Supra Dupa Fly), something that the rapper says that she wore to hide her shyness while remaining the center of a conversation:

To me, the outfit was a way to mask my shyness behind all the chaos of the look. Although I am shy, I was never afraid to be a provocative woman. The outfit was a symbol of power. I loved the idea of feeling like a hip-hop Michelin woman. I knew I could have on a blow-up suit and still have people talking. It was bold and different. I've always seen myself as an innovator and a creative unlike any other.

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.