Every week, we send someone stumbling into the dark Maxim archives to see what we were up to way back when. This week we're going back to December of 2000, when Tara Reid was one hot pussycat, Sofia Vergara wasn't on primetime, and we adored our regular old PlayStations.
Cover Girl: Tara Reid
Where You've Seen Her: We were first introduced to Tara Reid in 1999 as Vicky Lathum, the sweet virginal high schooler who was into some hot and heavy extracurriculars, in the raunchy teen comedy American Pie. The following year the blonde bombshell debuted as a rock star alongside Rachael Leigh Cook and Rosario Dawson in the Josie and the Pussycats movie, based on the popular '70s cartoon. With a constant cat-ear headband plastered to her head and occasional tail attachment, Tara managed to single-handedly make furry fandom a fully bona fide fetish.
Where She Is Now: Since donning our cover with her undeniably sexy take on Brigitte Bardot's signature pose, Tara has made more appearances on the pages of tabloids than the silver screen. But luckily, she came back into our lives last year to reprise her role as Vicky Lathum (now a sweet non-virginal adult who's maintained her hotness long past graduation) in American Reunion. And we still have our fingers crossed for a Big Lebowski sequel featuring Tara as Bunny Lebowski.
Have You Seen This Girl: Sofia Vergara
It's official: We were infatuated with Sofia Vergara long before she rose to stardom as Al Bundy's hot younger wife on Modern Family. Despite the fact that the Colombian actress could only be seen on Telemundo in 2000, we managed to detect her sultry presence in the world, and swiftly get her into that gold bikini. We're still patting ourselves on the back for that one.
In 2000, the technological high of our year was the debut of the PlayStation 2, and the communal burning of our dusty N64s and Sega Saturns in preparation for what was, at the time, the next big thing in gaming. By the looks of that blurry Street Fighter EX3 screenshot, it seems like we may have gotten ourselves a little too excited a little too early, but what the hell, it all turned out alright in the end. Anyone else feel like a 17-hour multiplayer session of TimeSplitters 2, for old times' sake?
More Throwback Thursdays:
Throwback Thursday: May 2001
Throwback Thursday: July/August 1998