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If you grew up during the aughts, it was hard not to recognize which female celebrities — be it models, actresses or musicians — were having major moments. Join Wonderwall.com as we immerse ourselves in the past and present by taking a look at the coolest ladies of the 2000s and dinging out what they’re up to now… starting with birthday girl Devon Aoki, who turns 39 on Aug. 10, 2021. The model-actress from a famous family — her father is Olympic wrestler-turned Benihana restaurant founder Rocky Aoki while Grammy-nominated EDM artist and DJ Steve Aoki is her older half-brother — made her runway debut in 1997 and became the face of Versace (casually replacing Naomi Campbell) at just 16 in 1998. She then made a mainstream impression when she appeared in 2003’s “2 Fast 2 Furious” (pictured).
Keep reading to see what Devon and more cool ladies of the aughts are up to now…
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After appearing in other films including “Sin City,” “Dead or Alive,” “War” and “Mutant Chronicles,” Devon Aoki went on to design a capsule collection for Levi’s Asian market, Levi’s +D, in 2007. 2009 marked the year in which she retired from acting and modeling to focus on her personal life. In 2011, she married James Bailey — co-founder and managing director at Velos, a venture capital and private equity firm — with whom she shares a son and three daughters. In 2017, the New York City-born model-actress made her return to the runway when she walked for Moschino and appeared in campaigns for Hugo Boss and Sephora x Moschino. 2018 was yet another busy year for Devon — in addition to walking the runway for designer-bestie Jeremy Scott, she appeared in campaigns for Nordstrom, Swarovski and Moschino Fragrance.
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From indie muse to in-demand actress, Chloe Sevigny has long been a player in the Hollywood game. She moved from Springfield, Massachusetts, to Brooklyn at 19 and was dubbed one of “the coolest girls in the world” in The New Yorker in the ’90s, the decade she launched her career in buzzy films like “Kids,” “Gummo” and 1999’s “Boys Don’t Cry,” a performance that earned her Academy Award nomination for best supporting actress. She went on to appear in even high profile films in the aughts including “American Psycho,” “Party Monster,” Vincent Gallo’s “The Brown Bunny” and “Zodiac.”
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Chloe Sevigny has worked steadily since the aughts, appearing in projects including the films “Lovelace,” “The Wait” and “Antibirth” and television shows like “Portlandia,” “The Mindy Project,” “Those Who Kill,” “American Horror Story” and “Bloodline.” Chloe married art gallery director Siniša Mačkovic in 2020, the same year she gave birth to her first child, son Vanja.
Lauren Conrad — affectionately known to MTV reality TV fans as “L.C.” — charmed viewers when she appeared on “Laguna Beach: The Real Orange County” from 2004 to 2005 and “The HIlls” from 2006 to 2009.” So what’s this California girl up to nowadays?
From concluding her time on MTV’s “The Hills” to launching her first fashion label, The Lauren Conrad Collection, the aughts were a busy time for Lauren Conrad. In addition to publishing a series of novels including “L.A. Candy,” “Sweet Little Lies” and “The Fame Game” and hosting the podcast “Asking for a Friend” in 2019, Lauren launched Lauren Conrad Beauty, a collection of economical and eco-friendly makeup products, in 2020. In 2014, she married William Tell, a former guitarist for the band Something Corporate who left the stage to become a lawyer. They’ve since welcomed two boys.
Who remembers this beautiful R&B singer? Mya — who sang the hook on Pras’s hit track “Ghetto Supastar (That Is What You Are)” in 1998 — released her self-titled debut album the same year and achieved even greater success in 2001 when she collaborated with music stars Christina Aguilera, Pink and Lil’ Kim on the track “Lady Marmalade” for the Academy Award-winning musical-drama “Moulin Rouge!” Mya’s third album, “Moodring,” was released in 2003.
Mya has continued to release music, including the albums “K.I.S.S. (Keep It Sexy & Simple),” “Smoove Jones” and 2018’s “TKO (The Knock Out).” In 2020, she released a handful of singles: “You Got Me, Part II,” “Space & Time,” “Without You,” “I Deserve It,” “I’ma Do It” and “Just Call My Name.” Mya made headlines in early 2020 when a photo of her in wedding dress surfaced and speculation emerged about the identity of her groom. But it turned out that the photo was taken on the set of her music video for “The Truth” in which he married herself. “It was all about self-care, self-love and getting myself back after a toxic relationship,” she told “Fox Soul” of the move, though she didn’t reveal her ex’s identity.
While many remember her from her time on the hit TV series “Ally McBeal,” which saw her earn a Primetime Emmy nod for outstanding supporting actress in a comedy series, Lucy Liu also made a major impression when she starred as Alex Munday in the “Charlie’s Angels” films in 2000 and 2003. (The widespread acclaim she garnered during this time was monumental for Asian representation in Hollywood.) During the aughts, the Queens native also landed roles in “Chicago,” “Kill Bill: Volume 1” and “Lucky Number Slevin.”
From 2012 to 2019, Lucy Liu was back on TV as Joan Watson on the Sherlock Holmes-inspired TV series “Elementary.” Since 2019, she’s starred on the dark-comedy anthology series “Why Women Kill.” Lucy welcomed son Rockwell via surrogate in 2015. She’ll next appear in the 2023 DC superhero flick “Shazam! Fury of the Gods.”
Ethiopian model Liya Kebede got her big break when Tom Ford reached out to her for his Gucci Fall/Winter fashion show in 2000. Then in May 2002 at 24, Liya graced the cover of Paris Vogue — an issue that was entirely devoted to her.
Liya Kebede, who’s long been an advocate for the reduction of maternal, newborn and child mortality in Ethiopia — she created the Liya Kebede Foundation in response to this crisis — was appointed a WHO Goodwill Ambassador for Maternal, Newborn and Child Health in 2005. She’s also a business owner! In 2007, Liya launched the clothing line Lemlem (“to bloom” in Amharic), which features sustainable fashion for kids, women and men. The label also aids in the preservation of traditional weaving in Ethiopia.
Los Angeles native Kate Bosworth rose to stardom appearing in 1998’s “The Horse Whisperer” and 2000’s “Remember the Titans” then led a film when she portrayed a humble and aspiring professional surfer in 2002’s “Blue Crush.” Following that role, she appeared in more films of the aughts including “Wonderland,” “Beyond the Sea” and “Superman Returns.” Kate’s romantic life during the ’00s was also pretty noteworthy — from 2002 to 2005, she dated Orlando Bloom.
Kate Bosworth hasn’t stopped working, though her projects have been less high profile than they were earlier in her career. In addition to making minor appearances in many films since the aughts, she landed roles in a handful of miniseries including 2017’s “SS-GB” and “The Long Road Home” and 2019’s “The I-Land.” In 2013, she married director Michael Polish and in 2021, the couple announced their split. Kate will next appear in four films: “The Immaculate Room,” “Along for the Ride,” “The Enforcer” and “Braddock.”
Model Gemma Ward, who was scouted at 14, made her Australian Fashion Week debut a year later. She went on to become the youngest model to ever be featured on the cover of American Vogue and was declared by Vogue Paris to be one of the top models of the aughts. In July 2007, she was ranked No. 10 on Forbes’ list of the world’s highest earning supermodels.
After a six-year hiatus, Gemma Ward made her return to the runway in September 2014 when she walked for Prada during Milan Fashion Week. Two years later in 2016, she graced the cover of Australian Vogue, appeared in a campaign for Givenchy and served as a guest judge on the 10th cycle of “Australia’s Next Top Model.” After briefly romancing Heath Ledger shortly before his 2008 death, Gemma found love again: She and partner David Letts have three children.