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 the summer of 1999, when we shamelessly watched Dawson's Creek, Rachael Leigh Cook was the quintessential teen heart throb, and we dug sea-monkeys.
Cover Girl: Michelle Williams
Where You've Seen Her: Michelle Williams had an endless string of hits in the '90s, starring as a girl-loving cheerleader in But I'm a Cheerleader, a patriotic high schooler in Dick, and an ultra-hot scream queen in the 125th installment of Halloween. But to us, she'll always be Jen Lindley, the rebellious New Yorker who moved to Capeside to start over (and seduce prepubescent boys) in Dawson's Creek.
Where She Is Now: Michelle went from stereotypical teenybopper roles to establishing herself as an award-winning actress, taking home coveted statues for her work in Brokeback Mountain and My Week with Marilyn, and earning major accolades for flicks like Blue Valentine. She's also a super-hot mom. Schwing!
Class of '99: Rachael Leigh Cook
The last time we saw Rachael Leigh Cook she was a high school loser who miraculously transformed into the hottest girl in school. Since then she's been in several movies we've unfortunately never heard of, like All Hat and Bob Funk, along with TV shows like Robot Chicken (although in general, we prefer hot girls not be hidden behind claymation). And then, just when we thought we might never see her innocent-looking face again, we flipped on the TV and there she was, in an Old Navy commercial. We'd rather watch her in this old anti-drug commercial, where she goes apeshit on an egg, but we'll take what we can get.
In 1999, we got all our fashion advice from the only guys we knew: our 13-year-old selves. Between the Sea-Monkey Fun Time Aquarium watch that allowed you to keep a constant eye on your precious sea-monkey collection, to the Dick Tracy-style timepiece that boasted the ability to call your friends and let them know the time, you can see we've come a long way.
Check out more of Maxim's Throwbacks:
Throwback Thursday: May 2001
Throwback Thursday: November 2000