Celebutante

Paris Hilton's Iconic Aughties Style

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Paris Hilton, celebutante of the mid-aughties, carved a niche for herself with a unique sense of style. Her look, one of miniskirts, rhinestones, and lots of pink, held influence across the world and was widely copied at the mass-market level. Now the diminished starlet is poised for a boost of cultural relevance with the release of Sofia Coppola's The Bling Ring, which prominently features her societal hold (and closet.) Here, her best looks from back in the day.

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Paris, out on the town with sister Nicky, wears a suggestively draped red satin dress to the VH1/Vogue Fashion Awards in 2001. In the early years, the two were known to go out together in coordinating outfits. Paris’s were typically more dramatic. Her large rhinestone choker-necklace and dark eye makeup bring the look into a more excessive dimension.

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Hilton preens on the red carpet in the early stages of her career, wearing a pair of low-rise flared jeans and a cropped top to an event in 2000. She accessorized the look with platform-heel sandals and a rhinestone-encrusted belt, worn with matching cuffs around her wrists.

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Hilton celebrates her birthday in 2002. This look epitomizes the Paris Hilton brand. Her spikey tiara, scant see-through pink dress, and rhinestone accessories appear both girlish and provocative.

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Hilton holds her precious dog Tinkerbell in the cleavage of her Juicy Couture tracksuit in 2003.

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Hilton steps out in Los Angeles in one of her over-the-top miniskirt ensembles. It's topped off with a rhinestone belt, newsboy hat, and a white Dior saddle bag.

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Wearing a now-iconic outfit that launched her career as a Hollywood style influencer, Hilton poses on the red carpet at the 2003 MTV Movie Awards alongside sister Nicky.

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Paris arrives to the 2003 Video Music Awards with Nicky. The two sport handbags from their collaboration with Samantha Thavasa.

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Hilton wears an all-white ensemble, paired with flowing Christian Dior earrings, to the 2003 Billboard Music Awards.

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Hilton walks in the Heatherette fashion show at New York Fashion Week in September 2004. Richie Rich, co-designer of the now-shuttered label, is a longtime friend of Hilton's. "I think she inspired people to be a little bit out of the bus, but in a glamourous way," Rich told The Daily Beast of Hilton's fashion influence. "I think she definitely had her finger on the pulse of pop culture."

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Hilton arrives at P.Diddy's 35th birthday pary at Cipriani Wall Street in 2004. As pictured here, her outfit required a lot of mid-red carpet adjustments. One such move went a little too far, causing the underwear-less Hilton to grace the carpet's many paparazzi with multiple full-on crotch shots.