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11 CosmoGirl Covers That Perfectly Captured 2004

It was a time when we thought Ashton Kutcher was the most talented guy on Earth.

1. December 2003/January 2004: Kirsten Dunst

So apparently co-starring in Mona Lisa Smile made Kirsten Dunst the “CosmoGIRL! of the Year.”

Plus, we were all begging for an interview with Clay Aiken.

2. February: Ashton Kutcher

Ashton Kutcher was “the most talented guy on the planet.”

OK, let’s be honest, The Butterfly Effect was not that great.

3. March: Hilary Duff

Hilary Duff was so much more like us than we ever thought. (Well, I guess she was like us, if we were all super-rich Disney stars.)

4. April: Sarah Michelle Gellar

Sarah Michelle Gellar opened up about the biggest life lessons she ever learned (which, hopefully, was how to be more like Kathryn Merteuil in Cruel Intentions).

Plus, we learned when it was OK to lie to guys.

5. May: Anne Hathaway

Anne Hathaway was that sweet girl we liked from The Princess Diaries.

Plus, we learned how to get PAID more over the summer (aka having a summer job).

6. June/July: Avril Lavigne

We all fell to pieces over Avril Lavigne’s new album Under My Skin.

Plus, some guy (who was probably an intern at the magazine) confessed why he never called you back.

7. August: Reese Witherspoon

Reese Witherspoon was named “the ULTIMATE CosmoGIRL!” So sorry, Kirstin Dunst, you’ll have to settle with just being CosmoGIRL! of the year.

Plus, Reese answered our most “personal” questions — really it should have just been whether there was going to be a Legally Blonde 3!

8. September: Brittany Murphy

We asked ourselves an important question: Did Brittany Murphy “deserve her bad rep?”

Plus, we learned the secret to getting rich! (Why was CosmoGirl so concerned whether TEENAGERS were getting paid or not?)

9. October: Angelina Jolie

Again we asked ourselves another important question: Is Angelina Jolie a good girl or a bad girl?!

Plus, we got our biggest guy problems solved. (Actually, no we didn’t.)

10. November: Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen

Apparently Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen were being torn apart by college — wait, did they even go to college?! THEY’RE RICH!!! They didn’t have to go to college!

Plus, very important, we learned that we need to date four types of guys before we graduated.

11. December/January 2005: Jessica Simpson

Jessica Simpson opened up about her insecurities. I wonder if one of them was her upcoming divorce?

Never forget Nick and Jessica :(

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