Nicole Richie and Paris Hilton were always going to live a life of luxury because they come from wealthy families and will never want for anything. But they decided to make a name for themselves, and their big break came with the reality TV show, The Simple Life.
It’s hard to believe that it’s been more than 15 years since the series first aired (the first episode was in 2003), and although the former BFFs have done a lot in the years that have followed, their actions during the show remain some of their most memorable moments. But there must also be a few things that they regret; from questionable style choices to poor decisions, and excessive partying. The downside of fame means someone is always watching, and below are 15 photos Hilton and Richie probably wish were never taken.
There was a time when Paris Hilton and Nicole Richie were the queens of the small screen thanks to their reality TV show, The Simple Life. Now, we’d be lying if we said it wasn’t an entertaining show, but, close to 20 years later, it seems more cringy that we remember, and posing for a photo with mud smeared all over them is probably a decision these former best friends now regret.
Fashion is constantly changing, which is what makes it so exciting and interesting, but often, when looking back at the photos of us 10 years ago, we feel a little embarrassed at our terrible fashion choices. Paris Hilton and Nicole Richie have also had some of those moments, as W magazine notes their style choices included Juicy Couture tracksuits, rhinestone garments, and matching denim outfits.
Many of us can’t leave home without our iPhone and it has to always be fully charged because the thought of the battery running out while away from home is too much to bear. Technology has changed a lot over the years, which makes this photo of Paris Hilton and Nicole Richie so laughable because they thought they were so cool!
Paris Hilton and Nicole Richie may not be your style icons now, but there is no denying that their looks have evolved from the early 2000s. And, perhaps one of the most positive changes is that Hilton no longer looks like she fell into a bag of flour because of her super white, shiny eyeshadow.
Paris Hilton has been besties with a lot of famous people over the years, but there was a time when she and Nicole Richie were friendship goals. They did it all together: attend swanky parties, create a show about how spoiled they were, and had many, many photo shoots. This is from one of them, and need we say more?!
The Simple Life was a way to show Nicole Richie and Paris Hilton that there was more to life than mansions, all-access passes everywhere, and the unlimited use of a credit card, and it took them out of their comfort zones. Don’t believe me? Well, here’s all the proof you need because Zimbio notes that this photo was taken at The Simple Life 2 welcome home party, where it would appear Hilton and Richie were joined by a bull.
We mentioned that Paris Hilton and Nicole Richie’s style has evolved over the years (and they are definitely not the only ones), and that’s a good thing because the denim-on-denim trend is not one of the best — just ask Britney Spears and Justin Timberlake, whose 2001 American Music Awards denim looks are still burned into our memories and making headlines decades later.
Also, matching outfits? What were these former BFFs thinking?!
Nicole Richie and Paris Hilton showed that they didn’t take themselves too seriously with The Simple Life, and they knew that people were laughing at them for their silly antics or diva-like behavior. This photo probably sums that up, because no one knows what Hilton was thinking when she tried to drive in stilettos.
The first thought we have when looking at this photo is why is there a feather boa on a cow? The second thought is why the heck are Paris Hilton and Nicole Richie leading this cow in a field? Everything about this photo is hilarious, and without being too salty, we think it’s safe to say it’s a photo that both these women regret taking.
One of the major downsides to stardom is that there is always someone lurking in the shadows, trying to get a picture. The paparazzi loved Nicole Richie and Paris Hilton and they often had their photos taken, but probably not always with the desired outcome because they often looked...well, not their best!
Paris Hilton comes from a very wealthy family, and she will never want for anything. Yet, despite her family’s social standing and wealth, she chose to work and make a name for herself, and there is no denying that she has done a great job of this.
According to CheatSheet, Hilton’s estimated worth is $300 million. But a few years back, it seems she thought she was a princess and not an heiress because how else do you explain the tiaras?
It’s not just Paris Hilton and Nicole Richie’s style that has changed over the years, but also their personalities. Hilton has spoken about how she had grown up since her time on the show.
According to News.com.au, she said she was playing the role of a “blonde airhead,” whereas in reality she is “quite the opposite” and has “been through so much” since.
There’s no denying that during Paris Hilton and Nicole Richie’s friendship, they had a lot of fun together (and they’ve got the photos to prove it), and the show took that to a completely different level. Hilton reflected on the experience in 2016, as News.com.au reports she said: “It was such an amazing time to be with my best friend, traveling around the world, doing all these crazy jobs.”
Paris Hilton and Nicole Richie were mega-famous and well-connected, and this meant they got invited to a lot of events with other famous people. One of these events was Mariah Carey's annual Halloween party, which PopSugar reports, was in New York City in 2004. The three stars even posed for a photo together, but they look so sweaty that it appears the venue was in need of a fan.
Life is too short to care about what other people think of you, and if you want to enjoy a good party or be able to dance like nobody's watching, then why not. Unfortunately for Nicole Richie and Paris Hilton, someone was always watching them, and this was the outcome.
Sources: W magazine, IMDB, Zimbio, E! News, CheatSheet, News.com.au.