#FBF: The 10 Top Celebs of 2003, THE Year Kim K Hit the Scene
Earlier this week, the one and only Kim Kardashian reminded us that she’s been a hot topic of pop culture since circa 2003, which was also when her home girls Paris Hilton and Nicole Richie premiered reality show The Simple Life. Let that sink in: 2003. As in 13 years ago — crazy, right? In honor of the year of Mrs. Kardashian-West’s Hollywood coming out, here are some of the celebrities that were most popular in 2003.
Jennifer AnistonFirst off, does this woman age? Ever? She looks virtually the same as she did 13 years ago. Jen was majorly famous back then, thanks to her role in the film Bruce Almighty and, y’know, a little show called Friends (she also won a Best Actress Golden Globe that year for her work on the sitcom). She was actually the top of Forbes’ Celebrity 100 List that year as well. And if you’re wondering where it all stood back then on the Brad and Jen/ Brangelina spectrum, Jen and Brad were still married back then and wouldn’t get divorced for another two years. (Image via Kevin Winter/Getty)
Oprah WinfreyIt shouldn’t be a surprise that one of the most famous women ever was still famous in 2003. Even though sources cite that her show was on the decline then, she still had about 7 million viewers tuning in daily to see what she had to say on a variety of topics. She’s since splintered off into her own network (aptly named OWN, ha!) and still appears on the cover of her magazine, O. These days, Oprah continues to build on her successes as a philanthropist through her Angel Network and other avenues — it’s reported that she’s given away almost $400 million dollars. (Image via Stefan Zaklin/Getty)
Uma ThurmanQuentin Tarantino’s Kill BillVol.1 came out in the back half of 2003, and his undeniable star of the girl power gore-fest was Uma Thurman. Uma wasn’t unknown at this point; she had a ton of success in Pulp Fiction and other movies in the late ‘90s and early 2000s, but had laid relatively low until her return to stardom in Kill Bill, playing an iconic role that Tarantino says was written specifically for her. (Image via Miramax Films)
EminemFlashback to 8 Mile folks, because it was b-i-g back then. The rapper even won an Oscar for “Lose Yourself” as the Best Song (which also became one of the biggest, longest running hip hop singles ever). Eminem and Dr. Dre also collaborated this year with 50 Cent on his Get Rich or Die Tryin’ album, which brought us the timeless hit “In da Club.” (Try getting that song out of your head now!) (Image via Frank Micelotta/Getty)
5. The Dixie Chicks: This was the year it all kind of came unraveled for the Dixie Chicks. Their front woman, Natalie Maines, publicly denounced President George W. Bush at a London concert days before the US entered Iraq. They’ve stayed relatively quiet since then, having sold 30.5 million albums to date. That number’s about to go up: The trio is returning to the stage this year for a new tour, hitting up 40 US and Canadian cities starting this summer. Get ready to run to an arena near you! (Image via Chris Hatcher/Getty)