In terms of today’s pop culture landscape, Lindsay Lohan is a forgotten Hollywood starlet who hasn’t had a hit in years. She’s been marred by her highly publicized personal issues with drugs and alcohol. Her recovery was documented in a 2014 docuseries titled Lindsay. However, it didn’t always used to be that way. Once upon a time there was a freckled goddess with a curvaceous frame, and red tinted hair who captured the imaginations of moviegoers, tabloid readers and well, the country in general. Lindsay Lohan use to be THE “it” girl alongside Paris Hilton, Jessica Alba, and others in the mid 2000’s. There was that period during her “Mean Girls era” where she provided the media and fans around the world with her angelic presence. Then, everything started to change. Lindsay began to get thinner (and thinner); that beautiful red hair became platinum blonde…She went from IT girl to tabloid drug-joke-trainwreck fodder. Well, there were few celeb-oriented sights more alluring than Lindsay Lohan when she was at her hottest. It’s time for us to turn back the clock and check out the top 15 photos of Lindsay Lohan when she was (actually) hot.
15. Lindsay Shows Her Hotness At The 2004 MTV Movie Awards
Here’s Lindsay Lohan back at the 2004 MTV Movie Awards premiere. This was perhaps at or near the height of her popularity. She had just released Mean Girls and the country, namely, the media, became infatuated with the 1998 Parent Trap stars blossoming into a striking young adult. Lindsay opened the awards show with a very entertaining dance routine, spawned by the mainstream arrival of the dance battle craze (IE You Got Served, 2004’s Starsky and Hutch). Lindsay garnered rave reviews for her performance as the show’s host. It was fitting Lindsay hosted the MTV Movie Awards because later in that same year she released her debut album Speak, which landed at the number 4 spot on the Billboard Top 200. The notion goes that a picture can tell a thousand words. This photo clearly shows a Lindsay that is enjoying the moment and smiling at all of the success surrounding her. Anyone in their youth back during this time or any Lindsay Lohan supporter wouldn’t be able to foresee the eventual problems Lohan would endure mere years later.
14. Lindsay Lohan Arrives At GQ’s Men Of The Year Dinner in 2006
This glam shot is from GQ’s Men of the Year Dinner in 2006. She arrives at the dinner without her long locks, but still provides her beautiful aura on the red carpet. Some of the celebs featured at this event included the likes of Lupe Fiasco, Al Gore, The Jackass Crew, Ryan Gosling, Dikembe Mutombo and more. Lohan is just about to or one could say has already “exited” her “prime” in this photo (but hey, it’s still a hot shot). By this time Lindsay was living off of her hit movies and had become a full-fledged teen icon entering her legal drinking age. Lindsay, while not having a hit as big as Mean Girls, managed to pump out a modest group of negative to moderately well received movies including: Bobby, Just My Luck, A Prairie Home Companion. These films and a couple of films in early 2007 such as the Jared Leto starring Chapter 27 would be the last crop of even remotely respectable films in the public eye before her much publicized flop I Know Who Killed Me.
13. There She Is…
This is a random photo of Lindsay Lohan that is definitely between the years of 2005 and 2006. This is a slightly thinner Lohan, but we can still see a hint of that cute yet smokin’ hot actress that lit up the pop culture world as she blossomed on screen into adulthood. This time she’s sporting that typical flirtatious smile and is in chill mode wearing a pink shirt displaying the phrase “you were never my boyfriend.” With all the tabloid fodder and much publicized “downfall” of the starlet, it’s definitely interesting to see a picture such as this before the drama unfolded. It’s not easy growing up in front of millions of people; I mean, how is it possible to do that and not have to go through any trials and tribulations? While us “normal” people may look from the outside, there has to be that little portion of us that remembers that these celebs are human too, right? Maybe that’s the gift and curse of fame and fortune. Would we trade it? I would, not gonna lie.
12. Lindsay Hosting The 2004 MTV Movie Awards
Here’s Lindsay once again showing off her beauty as she continues to host the MTV Movie Awards in 2004. This show may be relatively recent in the minds of us “yolder” folk, but this damn show was almost 13 years ago! This is pre-Kardashians! This was when Paris Hilton was associated with the title of “being famous for being famous.” This is when Paris and Nicole Ritchie had one of the most talked about reality TV series on TV, The Simple Life. Looking back at this awards showcase was almost like looking at a time capsule; Adam Sandler still made anticipated hit movies. B2K was still on the radar, promoting their 2000’s “classic” You Got Served. Eminem performed with his group D12 (remember them?) Anyway, please excuse the rant, I couldn’t help it. Lohan won “Breakthrough Female” for 2003’s Freaky Friday. She would also go on to win Best Female Performance and Best On-Screen Team at the 2005 MTV Movie Awards for Mean Girls.
11. Lindsay Lohan At The 2004 Teen Choice Awards
Here is Lindsay Lohan at the red carpet of the 2004 Teen Choice Awards. It can be argued that Lohan was perhaps at her apex. By this time Mean Girls had been released and she was in full “IT” girl swing, winning popular awards left and right; the 2004 Teen Choice Awards are an indication of that. As with the 2004 MTV Movie Awards, looking back at this awards show also serves as a time capsule, looking at celebs that dominated yesterday and a select few that have still managed to stay relevant over 12 years later. We’re talkin’ everyone from Jesse McCartney, Jessica Alba, Tyra Banks, Tom Welling, and the late Brittany Murphy to Serena Williams and Anne Hathaway. Lindsay Lohan once again shows of her goods and revels in her fame. If there was an Instagram or Twitter back during this time, there’s no doubt Lindsay would be one of the celebs making the most noise. Lindsay took home the award for “Choice Movie Actress: Comedy.”
10. Lindsay Lohan Shines At The Mean Girls Premiere
Here’s Lindsay Lohan at the Mean Girls premiere in 2004. For those that don’t remember, Mean Girls is one of the better teen oriented movies of all time; it’s certainly up there with the best of em (Clueless, Superbad, the Brat Pack flicks, She’s All That…Hmmmm, sounds like another list is comin’ up). It was a cleverly written film (thanks Tina Fey) reminiscent of other witty teen flicks of yesterday. Lohan was at the forefront of that film. Lohan’s character goes from geek to being recruited and becoming one of the hottest girls at her high school. It was this movie where we got to see Lindsay shine acting and looks wise. Well in this photo Lindsay shows off her hotness yet again wearing a cleavage inducing blue dress as she smiles for the camera. Mean Girls became the movie that solidified Lindsay as a legit star on the rise, becoming one of the biggest sleeper hits of the year.
9. Wouldn’t It Be Nice To Be That Phone?
This is a photo from Lindsay Lohan’s 2004 shoot with Vanity Fair. Here we once again see a much healthier looking Lohan so is full of life and vibrancy. I’m sure there are many guys out there who if given the option to be an inanimate object, they would gladly be the yellow phone along with the cord that is hanging over Lindsay’s striking figure. Regardless, aside from the ogling of her body, the best part of this shot is once again her face, specifically her smile, those eyes, that wavy hair, and rosy cheeks. This photo definitely qualifies as one of the “cuter” photos on this list. Lindsay Lohan doing a shoot for Vanity Fair when she was barely 18 shows where she was on the pop culture stratosphere. There’s no question that not only was she at the top of the “rising stars” list, she was one of the main younger stars of that era.
8. Lindsay Lohan’s Vanity Fair Shoot, Again…
Surprise, surprise! Here is yet another photo from Lindsay Lohan’s Vanity Fair shoot. Lindsay managed to turn several heads and garner the attention of several eyes towards her frame in this shot. She sits down wearing a bikini, sporting a glamorous belly button piercing. A lean dude with bleach blonde hair lays in the background focused on playing a game while Lindsay looks straight into the souls of the millions of fans. This is yet another photo of the controversial star that shows how beautiful she’s capable of being. This isn’t the last time that Lohan would pose for a series of shots with the iconic magazine. She also posed for them in 2010, sporting a slimmer frame, blonde hair, and a crap load of extra media baggage (don’t get it twisted, she was still hot in that shoot, it’s just that in this specific one, she was way hotter). Let’s hope there’s another one in the near future where the actress can show that she’s as happy and healthy as ever.
7. Lindsay Lohan Invites Us Into The Kitchen
This is probably one of the hottest photos of Lindsay Lohan around. Here she is, as radiant as ever. She’s leaning against a kitchen table draped with fruit wearing a white tank top; that red hair is flowing right over her face. Let’s be honest as well, her money makers are definitely at the forefront of this shot as well. This shot is also interesting because it perhaps paints the imagery that Ms. Lohan was a determined young woman with a tinge of sexiness, that could be brought home to the rents… Regardless, whether you love or hate Lindsay, there’s no doubt about the infectious beauty this star had (and could still have). Once again we can all see that there were few entities that could match Lindsay’s peak of hotness. Okay, maybe that’s going just a little too far, but come on LOOK-AT-HER. I’m sure even guys who don’t even have that look as a “type” would embrace an exception. We for damn sure know the POTUS would (can you say, creepy?).
6. Glamorous At The 63rd Annual Venice Film Festival
This is a glamour shot of Lindsay Lohan from the premiere of her film Bobby. This premiere took place on during the 7th day of the 63rd Annual Venice Film Festival, September 5th, 2006. Lindsay looks as “Hollywood” as she’s ever looked. Everything from her white dress to her luxurious diamond bracelets. She strikes a pose, looking at and taking on the paparazzi. Lohan looks to be completely in control of her moment. The film Bobby was directed by Emilo Estevez. It’s about the hours leading up to the unfortunate assassination of Robert F. Kennedy on June 5th, 1968. Lohan played Diane Howser, a woman who ends up getting married to William Avary (Elijah Wood) so that he won’t be sent to Vietnam. The film didn’t get the best reviews but it definitely sports a solid cast.
5. Little Pink Number
Everyone knows Lindsay Lohan packed heat, but damn did she really know how to show it off. This particularly provocative shot is another photo from her 2004 Vanity Fair shoot. Here she is in a pink dress that’s fit for the bedroom, and doesn’t leave much to the imagination. Gee, what did the photographers and Lindsay Lohan herself want everyone to focus on? All boob jokes aside, Lohan’s youthful beauty is truly captured here. Lindsay’s 2004 photoshoot was another accomplishment on a banner year for the rising actress at the time. Let’s just say if there was a SnapChat, Instagram, Twitter, or if social media was as prominent as it is today, there would have been a media frenzy regarding the blossoming of the former Disney star. Would Lindsay have embraced it like other young starlets of today such as Ariel Winter or would she have gone another route? Who knows, but it would’ve definitely been something to see.
4. The Red Woman
This is a red hot (pun intended) photo of Lindsay Lohan. There’s no doubt that she was so “in” that she made being a redhead a thing in the early to mid-2000s. Lohan lays on a couch wearing inviting garb and looking as sexy as sexy can be. It was clear that by this moment in time Lindsay had certainly embraced and became comfortable with being a sex symbol. Maybe us normal people should sit down, close our eyes and try to imagine being a teenager growing up and showing off for our profession in front of millions of people every day of our lives. Would we be able to handle it? Would we be able to take on the daily pressures and expectations fuelled by our fame and fortune? I mean, should we have really been surprised at the strife Lindsay went through “back in the day?” Regardless, enjoy this particular shot, because it’s hard to get much sexier than that without straight up taking off what’s left of her clothes.
3. Can This Version Of Lindsay Please Come Back?
Here’s Lohan looking out to the distance while she sports a colorful dress, equipped with a white belt. I think we can all come to the conclusion that Lindsay surely loved to show off her curves, notably her chest. In this case she looks about as great as she’s ever looked. Regardless of where this was shot, the important aspect is how much of a difference it is looking at Lindsay Lohan from yesteryear compared to now and when she was going through her publicized issues. Now it’s not only because it’s over 10 years ago; she looks healthier and confident. If one were to look at photos of this woman a couple of years beyond this one, especially her mug shots and tabloid binges, the difference is a complete 180. It’s simply amazing how fast her fast life caught up to her. Not only is she unquestionably hot in this photo, this version of Lindsay looks like the perfect woman to bring home to the rents (just sweep the baggage under the rug).
2. Lindsay Lohan Channels Her Inner Bridget Bardot
In this hotshot, Lindsay channels her inner Bridget Bardot, paying homage to the model’s iconic pose, which is literally known as “The Bardot Pose.” The photographer of the pose is unknown, but the actual photograph is hailed as one of the sexiest poses ever produced; it’s known by aspiring models around the world. The French actress’ pose has been sampled by other beautiful ladies including Rihanna and Gisele Bundchen; Lindsay Lohan (considering she was hotter than hot during this time) was no exception. This photo is from Entertainment Weekly in 2004 and shows Lindsay embracing her much heralded (at the time) womanly figure and attempting to echo the sex symbol’s impact on the pop culture pages. This also is a representation of the heights Lindsay Lohan achieved during this time. Ms. Lohan would go on to pose in many more magazine spreads showing off her looks but this is one of the shots that captures the red-haired starlet when the world was hers.
1. One Word, Amazing
Here’s Lindsay Lohan showing us a side that has been long forgotten. She’s grown, she’s famous, and not only is she beautiful; she’s gorgeous, especially in this angelic photo. There’s not really a specific year that can be placed on this one, but judging by her appearance in this shot, it’s definitely between 2004 and 2006, before Lindsay became a must-see trainwreck sensation in 2007 (you know, turning 21 going in and out of rehab three times throughout the year, getting DUIs, partying like crazy, becoming the face of the American “it” girl turned party-girl tabloid craze along with Paris Hilton and a then unravelling Britney Spears; it was a hell of a year). Anyway, as people will see from other photos in this list, perhaps Lindsay should wear white more often. Anyone keeping tabs on Lindsay Lohan’s activities over the last couple of years can well, look back to this list and more importantly, this photo of what looks to be an almost completely different woman.