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Rarely Seen Photos That Reveal A Different Side To The 2000s

Recent History | June 23, 2020

Written by Jacob Shelton

The following photos of the 2000s will definitely leave you looking closer and wanting more. 

Are they too hot for TV? That’s for you to decide… 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. 

But be warned, they may not all be suitable for younger viewers… 

Angelina Jolie at only 28 years old behind the scenes as ‘Lara Croft Tomb Raider: The Cradle of Life,’ July 2003. 💀

Angelina Jolie has always been on the forefront of popular cinema, and even though people at the time thought it was weird that she was starring in a movie based on a video game, she took on the role of Lara Croft and its rigorous training regimen.

Today, it’s totally normal for an actor to bust their hump to get jacked for a comic book movie, but in the early 2000s people thought Jolie was nuts. Jolie agreed. She says that getting into shape for the role was like living the life of a body builder:

Then I got to the Tomb Raider set and the great adventure began. They had me on bunjis. I'm dog sledding. They had me up at seven each morning and handed me a protein shake. Suddenly, a nutritionist was giving me five meals a day. But you had to do these things to maintain your energy. And I liked the intense training because there is only one way to do something and for me it's in extremes.

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Jacob Shelton

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Jacob Shelton is a Los Angeles based writer. For some reason this was the most difficult thing he’s written all day, and here’s the kicker – his girlfriend wrote the funny part of that last sentence. As for the rest of the bio? That’s pure Jacob, baby. He’s obsessed with the ways in which singular, transgressive acts have shaped the broader strokes of history, and he believes in alternate dimensions, which means that he’s great at a dinner party. When he’s not writing about culture, pop or otherwise, he’s adding to his found photograph collection and eavesdropping on strangers in public.