Listen THE FUCK up: We need to talk about the sheer, cucumber-melon-scented perfection that was Hilary Duff's seminal 2003 hit "Come Clean."
From those very opening chords, you just knew you were in for something iconic.
Then Hilary appears, at the peak of her powers, peering through the window readying for THE CATHARSIS OF A LIFETIME.
She doesn't hesitate in buckling down — she takes us right into the emotional core of it all.
That's the thing about this song: It's the perfect brand of melancholy, and its literal only message is to get you to WASH AWAY ALL THE SHIT PILING UP IN YOUR HEAD.
AND HAVE WE TALKED ABOUT THIS BATHROBE??
Or this sweater, which looks like the perfect cozy blanket wrapped around your shoulders and is maybe the most 2003 artifact we have.
Some bits of the styling in this video made you want to dip your whole head in a tub of hair gel.
Other parts of the mis-en-scène made you want to take dangerous naps on the floor amid a bunch of lit candles.*
And I'm gonna be honest, this shit is clearly still influential, because it is STILL making me want to wear leg warmers.
This little head-wiggle was definitely in the top three Hilary Duff mannerisms I tried to adopt for myself at the age of 12.
This is a redemption story, a tale of new beginnings and moving on from whatever was ruining your day yesterday.
It's also just #pure #rain #aesthetics and peak Hilary Duff, and for that it must live forever in our hearts and in our souls. ☔️
It's an anthem for the ages, and we'll be playing it on repeat for all eternity ⚡️.
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