These 25 Throwback Pics of Nicole Richie Will Make You Miss the Early 2000s

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What are the hallmarks of early 2000s style? Celebrities wore itty-bitty slinky cocktail dresses, leg warmers, Juicy Couture tracksuits, and bell-bottom jeans, and carried around puppies as the must-have accessory.

But perhaps no one conquered the look of the early millennium as well as Nicole Richie. Back then, the now-36-year-old mother of two (whose birthday is today), spent most of her time hitting the nightclub scene with BFF Paris Hilton and pals like Lindsay Lohan, Kelly Osbourne, and Nicky Hilton.

The must-see show of 2003? Fox’s The Simple Life, in which Richie and her rich girl pal Hilton essentially moved into a new family’s home to learn the tricks of the farming trade. And while it’s been 14 years since the show first aired, we still remember that era and everything it delivered as one of the greatest gifts the gods of the entertainment have given us.

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In honor of Richie’s birthday, we compiled 25 images of the star that’ll make you wish it were the early 2000s all over again. Scroll down and enjoy.

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at Miss Sixty and Energie's store opening in L.A.

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with Paris Hilton outside The Lounge Club in L.A.

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at an event for the Fox TCA press tour.

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at the Fashion for Relief show.

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at the Billboard Music Awards.

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at the 14th Annual Race to Erase MS.

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at the FOX Emmys after party held at Spago.

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at Frederick's of Hollywood fall 2002 collection.

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at the Billboard Music Awards.

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at the opening of the L.A. Equinox to benefit the Rainforest Foundation and Future Forests.

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at the opening of Maxim Lounge.

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at the third annual Ten Fashion Show presented by General Motors.

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at a party celebrating photographer Jamel Shabazz.

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at the Super Bowl XXXVI PlayStation 2 VIP lounge.

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at the Elton John AIDS Foundation's 12th annual Oscar party co-hosted by InStyle.

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at Pelle Pelle's Celebrity Catwalk for Charity.

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at a party in New York.

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at her book celebration for The Truth About Diamonds.

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at T-Mobile's Limited-Edition Sidekick II launch.

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with Nicky Hilton at the14th Annual Race to Erase MS.

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with Paris Hilton at the premiere party for The Simple Life.

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at Cartier's 25 years in Beverly Hills celebration in honor of Project A.L.S.

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at MTV's TRL.

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with Kelly Osbourne and Paris Hilton at a premiere party for The Simple Life.

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