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Pop Princesses: Then and Now

Last week, Britney Spears celebrated her 30th birthday. Both Jessica Simpson and Beyoncé are currently pregnant. Christina Aguilera and J. Lo have found a second success—and gained legions of new fans—in the world of reality television. Make no mistake about it: pop's It Girls of the late '90s and early aughts are back and better than ever.

Question is...were they even "gone" to begin with? And now that they're older and (perhaps) wiser, have their style statements improved as well? Click through the gallery to compare the music moguls' looks from back in the day with what they're sporting now. Plus, shop items inspired by each of our favorite pop phenoms.

Jessica Simpson: Then

Our December cover girl first hit it big in 1999, when she released her debut album Sweet Kisses. Her powerhouse pipes and girlish image were so sweet, in fact, that they helped her launch her own edible beauty collection, Dessert. She often hit the scene with her own personal man candy, boyfriend-turned-husband-turned-ex-husband Nick Lachey.


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