Rare Photos From The 2000s No One Talks About

By Sophia Maddox | February 7, 2024

Heath Ledger with daughter Matilda in Brooklyn, 2007

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

Audiences really only know Heath Ledger from his roles in films like The Dark Knight and Brokeback Mountain. He was an intensely private actor who did his best to separate his public persona from his young family.

According to everyone who knew him, Ledger was a great dad. When Michelle Williams was pregnant he made sure that she didn’t feel bad about herself by chomping down on pizza and ice cream with her and putting on 20 pounds.

Ledger and Williams went back to eating healthy after Matilda was born, it’s too bad that he wasn’t able to see her grow up.

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.