22 Reasons Paris Hilton Was The Turn-Of-The-Century’s Most Important Fashion Icon

You know you miss her early 2000s ways.

1. The scroll down on this look. You THINK its a gown, but then…

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Rave wear.

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2. She sources materials for hemline trim at the carwash.

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3. She wore this skintight leopard jumpsuit before Rihanna would even know that’s something she “should” do.

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4. She single-handedly started the all-white trend.

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5. She didn’t distinguish between dressing for the beach and dressing for everywhere else.

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The way the rest of us fools do.

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6. She and Nicki boarded the ironic dressing bandwagon before all of us.

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Ironically wearing the same thing at the same time is SO something Cara Delevingne and Rita Ora would do now for attention.

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7. Paris is the rare soul with the balls to wear Jeremy Scott head to toe.

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N.B.: She was also basically the first person in history to go out in the wedge sneakers that have become about as ubiquitous as oxygen.

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8. Paris was America’s first top model.

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9. No backstage was complete without her.

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Apparently, according to this photo, she’s also the basis of Ke$ha’s entire aesthetic now.

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10. She wore lucite clear heels before all of us.

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And if she ever had to get randomly drug-tested Lindsey Vonn style, she often ran around in a hemline that was up to the task.

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11. She sometimes dressed like My Little Pony.

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12. She knew that wearing half a shirt and half a skirt equaled one whole outfit.

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13. In fact, she had this loin cloth in just about every color.

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14. When she forgot to pack her rhinestone belts, she accessorized with shirtless men.

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15. She went camping dressed like Sarah Jessica Parker.

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16. She was the first person in history to realize the power of cat apparel.

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17. She used high-calorie food as accessories before Instagram popularized the fad.

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18. She wore Tinkerbell to a party for her Pulitzer-worthy book.

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Spoiler alert: this seminal work of literature didn’t win a Pulitzer but her sweater is winning all its own.

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19. Even her dog wore hipster dresses before anyone had any desire to live in Greenpoint.

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Meanwhile Paris, ever the trailblazer, boldly mixed pearls with chandelier earrings.

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20. She DIY’d her Zuhair Murad gown way before J. Lo discovered him.

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21. She understood the power of ombré before all of us.

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22. And sometimes — like, when she decided to be seen during daylight hours — she was capable of toning it down.

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So really, you can see that Paris knew everything about fashion before any of us did.

And we will love her forever.

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