Celebrity These 25 Throwback Pics of Nicole Richie Will Make You Miss the Early 2000s By Jonathan Borge Jonathan Borge Instagram Twitter Jonathan Borge is a writer and editor living in New York City. His writing has appeared in Glamour, Refinery29, Forbes, and PAPER, among other publications. Plus, he's held staff positions at Marie Claire, InStyle, and OprahDaily.com. Currently, he's the Senior Entertainment Editor at Bustle Digital Group's Elite Daily, where he oversees digital covers, features and profiles, freelance essays, and strategy for the site's TV/Movies and Celebrity and Music sub-verticals.He primarily writes about pop culture and style, and has a passion for telling LGBTQ+ and Latinx stories. When he's not working, he's likely waiting for Lady Gaga to announce her next tour. InStyle's editorial guidelines Updated on September 21, 2017 @ 06:00AM Pin Share Tweet Email Photo: Donato Sardella/WireImage 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. VIDEO: Paris Hilton Just Ditched Her Signature Blonde Hair 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. 01 of 24 2003 Getty at Miss Sixty and Energie's store opening in L.A. 02 of 24 2001 Getty with Paris Hilton outside The Lounge Club in L.A. 03 of 24 2003 Frederick M. Brown/Getty at an event for the Fox TCA press tour. 04 of 24 2005 Fernanda Calfat/Getty at the Fashion for Relief show. 05 of 24 2003 Getty at the Billboard Music Awards. 06 of 24 2007 Charley Gallay/Getty at the 14th Annual Race to Erase MS. 07 of 24 2005 J. Emilio Flores/Getty at the FOX Emmys after party held at Spago. 08 of 24 2002 Jeff Vespa/WireImage at Frederick's of Hollywood fall 2002 collection. 09 of 24 2003 Gregg DeGuire/WireImage at the Billboard Music Awards. 10 of 24 2003 Donato Sardella/WireImage at the opening of the L.A. Equinox to benefit the Rainforest Foundation and Future Forests. 11 of 24 2001 Jeff Vespa/WireImage at the opening of Maxim Lounge. 12 of 24 2004 Jean-Paul Aussenard/WireImage at the third annual Ten Fashion Show presented by General Motors. 13 of 24 2002 Donato Sardella/WireImage at a party celebrating photographer Jamel Shabazz. 14 of 24 2004 Jon Kopaloff/FilmMagic at the Super Bowl XXXVI PlayStation 2 VIP lounge. 15 of 24 2004 J. Merritt/FilmMagic at the Elton John AIDS Foundation's 12th annual Oscar party co-hosted by InStyle. 16 of 24 2004 J. Merritt/FilmMagic at Pelle Pelle's Celebrity Catwalk for Charity. 17 of 24 2005 Lawrence Lucier/FilmMagic at a party in New York. 18 of 24 2005 J. Vespa/WireImage at her book celebration for The Truth About Diamonds. 19 of 24 2005 Michael Tran/FilmMagic at T-Mobile's Limited-Edition Sidekick II launch. 20 of 24 2007 Jeff Vespa/WireImage with Nicky Hilton at the14th Annual Race to Erase MS. 21 of 24 2003 Ray Mickshaw/WireImage with Paris Hilton at the premiere party for The Simple Life. 22 of 24 2005 Gregg DeGuire/WireImage at Cartier's 25 years in Beverly Hills celebration in honor of Project A.L.S. 23 of 24 20055 Carley Margolis/FilmMagic at MTV's TRL. 24 of 24 2003 Ray Mickshaw/WireImage with Kelly Osbourne and Paris Hilton at a premiere party for The Simple Life.