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In April 2000, Cell Phones Were Purple, Hugh & Liz Were Hot, and Meg Ryan Had the First-Ever Lob

In April 2000, Cell Phones Were Purple, Hugh & Liz Were Hot, and Meg Ryan Had the First-Ever Lob
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Flashback! Each Friday, we’re taking a look back at the trends, beauty, music, and cover stars that were all the rage in years past. This week: Get nostalgic for April 2000 as we reminisce about the surge of cell phones, the birth of the "lob" trend, Catherine Zeta-Jones's intimate interview, and more.

Moment in Time: Elizabeth Hurley & Hugh Grant

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Ah, the look of love—and serious style style. The hot-and-heavy pair dated for 13 years, including all of the 1990s. Though they didn't end up together, we love that Hurley (pictured below in Versace) and Grant (in Gucci) have become the best and most supportive of friends. Talk about a happy ending.

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Let's Talk: Cell Phones

Fifteen years ago, only one in three Americans had a cell phone, but we took the opportunity to profile the growing tech trend in our April 2000 issue. From web-enabled Motorola phones (which were larger than more current landlines) to Samsung flip-phones, we introduced the devices as an "essential" buy in our feature. The majority of the models cost between $129 to $699—a price point that makes the Apple Watch look someone reasonable. Can you say throwback?

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Top Jam: "Say My Name" by Destiny's Child

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The R&B hit from the group's second album, The Writing's on the Wall, rose to the top of the billboard charts, winning two Grammys and one MTV Video Music Award for Best R&B Video. Listen to the tune through Spotify above.

InStyle Cover Star: Catherine Zeta-Jones

The actress opened up to InStyle in April 2000 about her engagement to Michael Douglas (he had recently proposed on New Year's Eve in Apsen). While she wouldn't reveal how he popped the question, she admits that her first reaction to the vintage 1920s, 10-carat engagement ring was "Are you out of your mind?". But perhaps the biggest news was the secret that Zeta-Jones would reveal to the world a week after  the interview took place: that she and Douglas were expecting their first child (Dylan, now 14).

Beauty Look: Meg Ryan's Tousled Lob

Can you say "deja vu"? Meg Ryan's effortless, tousled cut was profiled in our April 2000 issue. "It works on most types of hair, thin to wavy," Sally Hershberger said at the time. If the style seems awfully familiar—look no further than the "lob" haircut, seen recently on stars like Lauren Conrad, Kate Upton, and more. Everything old is definitely new again.

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