Jessica Simpson signed her first record deal at 17, and two years later, in 1999, she released her debut album “Sweet Kisses.” It sold more than 2 million copies in the U.S. alone. When you take that into consideration, it does explain why it feels like she’s been around forever.
A beautiful 24-year-old Jessica Simpson greets her fans backstage while she is followed by a man who looks like a friend or her bodyguard. We all agree that this blonde was stunning, but come on, man, be a bit discreet! Nick Lachey was super lucky, despite moving on since then and remarrying.
Matthew Perry and Natasha Henstridge – 2004
The blonde bombshell Natasha Henstridge started out as a model (because, come on, have you seen her?) and then made her big acting debut in the 1995 sci-fi film, “Species.” And here she is below, laughing hysterically next to none other than the beloved Chandler Bing from “Friends.” And can you blame her?
We’ve seen that cheeky smile on the late Matthew Perry’s face a million times; he probably said something wildly hilarious in his signature serious tone, and Natasha just couldn’t help herself. The two are hosting the stage at 2004's "MTV Spring Break" in Cancun. Like seriously, could they be any cuter together?
The Good Years of Lindsay Lohan – 2004
Ah, the Lindsay Lohan we all know and remember – pre-law-issues records. Here she is backstage during the taping of 2004's "MTV Spring Break," looking beautiful and very 90s with those huge, pink-tinted sunglasses. And if you know your celebrity history, you'll know that this was at a pivotal point in her professional life.
This was the same year the famous “Mean Girls” film was released, so she was at the peak of her career when this photo was taken. A year later, she starred in “Herbie: Fully Loaded” and has had non-stop work since that point – barring her difficult years, of course.
Trishelle Canatella Poses Backstage – 2004
Reality TV star, Playboy model, and actress Trishelle Canatella got her start in MTV’s reality TV show, “The Real World.” Canatella certainly enjoyed success and fame after that, landing small acting roles and becoming a sought-after model. So it makes sense that she would appear on another MTV show around this time.
Also, we have to say she’s one of the few celebrities who were actually wearing beach-friendly, “real world” attire. A jean mini short and a top over a swimsuit, how can you go wrong? We love it when celebrities just look like normal human beings. It's so refreshing and boring, just how we like it.
Model Michelle Lombardo Poses for a Photo – 2004
This Connecticut native was once voted one of the most beautiful women of the early 2000s, and it’s easy to see why. Below is model and actress Michelle Lombardo posing in her swimsuit for 2004's "MTV Spring Break." Lombardo rose to fame when she made the cover of several Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issues in the early 2000s.
Then, she made her acting debut in the 2005 film “Dishdogz” and then landed a role on the hit HBO series “Entourage” in 2007. The latter should be a testament to the fact that she's actually got some acting chops. Either that or she was just horribly miscast.