Remember When Paris Hilton Bedazzled Her Phones?

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Paris Hilton quite possibly invented the modern-day selfie. By “modern day,” I mean using a phone, held high above one’s head, and preferably with someone important. This near-fact was even cemented in popular culture in 2004, when Hilton played a version of herself on the then-hit show The O.C. Selfies—and how we take them—have now become part of our everyday life. But nouveau self-portraiture wasn’t the only phone-related trend Hilton kicked off—she also arguably started the movement to decorate the hand-held items for maximum fashion expression.

Photos of Hilton’s customized embellishments go as far back as 2002, when the heiress had a modest smattering of rhinestones on the back of one of her flip phones. Of course, the world didn’t really take notice until she got her notorious Sidekick and was photographed texting on the glittering brick at a number of events and parties (wow, did she popularize smart phone addiction too?).

Suddenly, absolutely everyone of importance in the early 2000s were sporting bedazzled phones. If you were of a certain age, everyone in your high school had them as well (along with those Louis Vuitton Takashi Murakami mini purses, another Hilton staple, because apparently she was far more influential in that decade than we give her credit for).

Today we’ve collectively moved on from bedazzling our phones—but not from outfitting them in chic tech apparel. With the invention of the iPhone (first released 10 years ago this week) appearing just as the bedazzling craze was reaching its apex, the fashion world saw an opportunity to get ahead of the curve, and an industry for phone cases was created. Now how you outfit your phone is just as much a statement as what you wear. But we still have Hilton to thank for turning us on to the idea that our tech pieces don’t have to come in the standard-issue colors we buy them in.

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