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TBT: Fashion Icons of the Early 2000's
We all remember the early 2000's, and the girls who set the trends for us in our Teen People magazines. Forget Sarah Jessica Parker and Jennifer Aniston; for those of us who were at the most impressionable ages of 10 to 16 in the aughts, these teen idols ruled our worlds, and the clothes they wore made us want to dress and be like them. Let's take a group throwback and look at some of the teens and tweens who dictated early aughts fashion. Amanda Bynes In Amanda's heyday, she was quite the tween idol, and had a pretty recognizable style on top of that. Brightly printed pants and skirts were her thing, only turning to denim in the form of an often-worn stonewash denim jacket. Her tight-fitting tees were the understated point on her outfits, which were always topped off with mini ponitails and braids on the top of her head that didn't not resemble antlers. Jessica Simpson In the days of "Newlyweds," Nick and Jessica were a couple we all thought would last, and Jessica's All-American fashion sense seemed like everything. Though her off-duty tracksuits and trucker hats showed a disinterest in fashion, her southern stagewear was all the rage. Who else here bought a pair of cowboy boots hoping we could get the Daisy Duke look? No? Just me? Hilary Duff As Lizzie McGuire, Hilary Duff seriously influenced many of our tween years and, consequentially, what we chose to wear. Like Amanda, Lizzie wore many a wacky updo, but combined them with accessories galore, from headbands to hairclips to layered necklaces. For clothes, she had a much more pseudo-bohemian thing going on, wearing peasant tops and blouses with bell sleeves to match her bell bottoms. Mandy Moore This actress didn't have anyone fooled with her occasional belly shirts; she was a good girl at heart and we knew it and loved her for it. She encouraged us to go ahead with that bob or pixie cut; how else would we show off our favorite chandelier earrings. Her fashion sense was sugary sweet to match her personality, and she definitely encouraged me to wear more pink. Britney Spears It didn't matter if she wore jumpsuits or miniskirts or spandex or lace; what Britney had, we all wanted. Her style was a neverending whirlwind of sex appeal, which many of her fans were too young to understand at the time, but we knew we would never be her. Rhinestones and a bare midriff seemed like the key to her style, but who knows, the next day she might be wearing head-to-toe leather. Oh Britney, you always kept us guessing. Rihanna Remember when Rihanna frist blew onto the scene with "Pon de Replay" in 2005 and our worlds were changed forever? Forget what a true style star she is today; Ri Ri's early style made us all want to wear tops that began and ended with our boobs, toned down with baggy pants and chunky kicks. Never forget oversized hoop earrings, which were the ultimate sign your style was "funky". Mary Kate and Ashley Olsen When Mary Kate and Ashley neared the end of their reign of movies together, they were at the height of their tween popularity. We couldn't all have a beautiful identical twin to coordinate outfits with, but we could crimp our hair and layer short sleeves over long sleeves and look almost as cute as them. Lindsay Lohan Who didn't covet Lindsay's punk-meets-pop style in the days of Freaky Friday? Her long red locks were too cool (especially with blonde streaks), and her cargo pant, tight top combinations were to die for. So early 2000's, so lovable. If only we knew how little we'd be seeing her in ten years. ...and then we have Christina Aguilera, and I don't know what I can say about her look, other than that my mother definitely didn't want her to be my style icon. Everything about her was sexy, cool, and dirrty. I stayed in the Lizzie McGuire style, but who did you model yourself after?
Pitbull Is A Genius, I'll Tell You Why
You either hate him or you love him, but chances are you've heard of him. You've heard his name being dropped in different songs and you've done the bump-and-grind to his music on the dance floor. He's gained popularity (and money) by spitting one-liners, or just a random concoction of words in music videos. He has also made Cuban slang super popular (like 'dale'), and you've got people who don't know a lick of Spanish, singing along to his lyrics like they're native Spanish speakers. He has certainly built a music empire within the Latino community and beyond. Although there aren't many globally well-known Cuban musicians from Miami, that didn't stop this super star for making quite a dent in the entertainment industry. Mister Worldwide is strategic in the world of entertainment, using the super famous to further advance his career -- some people may say it's because he's talentless. I think it's because he's a true businessman, and he just knows how to target new and current fans alike. Maybe his talent just lies in something differently. He is also a businessman who works hard behind the scenes. He has a TV development company, a line of fragrances, and partnerships with Kodak, Voli Vodka, and Bud Light. However, let's just be reminded that this 3-0-5 guy was first a rapper. Check out this video of him freestyling in St Louis, Missouri: Ayyy. Pitbull is able to tap into the Latin market so heavily because not only does he perform with a mix of Spanish and English, he just understands the culture, specifically the Latin culture within Miami. As someone who is Latina, and raised in 3-0-5, specifically Little Havana, Miami, it's refreshing to see someone to come out of the thick of things, and make it on a global scale. His music penetrates into so many cultures, countries, and tongues. Did you know that Pitbull is also helping out the community he grew up in? Not only is he a businessman and entrepreneur, but he's a community leader. He helped create the Sports Leadership and Management Academy, which is also known as SLAM. The academy is a charter school in Miami that has a sports-based curriculum. 3-0-5 REPRESENT! “I’ve applied everything I’ve learned to this city,” he said. “Our city was never respected when it came to music, even though we were big parts of history. When you have people like 2 Live Crew...maybe their music wasn’t accepted...but you have someone like Luther Campbell who fought for the First Amendment. That gave us a chance to rap about what we wanna rap about. I feel like he got stripped of his history. I said if I ever wanted to be something in Miami I needed to go through the King of Miami; so I started dealing with Luther Campbell. One thing that Lu’ taught me was an independent state of mind. He was putting out his own music with no label. And that’s why we’re here today.” (Vice) Pitbull admits that the music industry is more than just talent, and actually more about business. "I wouldn't want the most talented person on my line, I'd want the hardest working. The one that doesn't understand the word lose, only the word learn." Pitbull is spitting some truth, you guys. The music business, is in fact, a business. And sometimes, the actual music talent plays a very small role. It's largely about public appearances, interviews, partnering with other music artists or companies, and giving the 'wow' factor in everything you do. According to Rolling Stone journalist Simon Vozick-Levinson, Pitbull's fame is only get to bigger. "He's someone who's not going to stop until he takes over the world." Pitbull understands how important it is to tap into the global market, and that is what he is currently doing. With an interview with NPR, Pitbull mentions how the whole point is to reach as many people as you can, to get the message across. Go to any city, and you'll hear his music bleeding through the club's speakers. He's a genius because he understands the entertainment industry and knows what sells. He's not just an artist -- he's a marketer, businessman, a community leader, a teacher, and an entertainer. So maybe he gets a lot of shit for not being the most 'talented' artist, but one thing is for sure: Mister 3-0-5 is definitely now Mister Worldwide. DALE...You on fire. ;)