Blake Lively played us all.
The mid-2000s was a travesty for fashion. We all know this.
But Blake Lively tried her best to make it look fashionable.
But what she didn't tell us at the time is that she was spending no more than $13 per item to rock Forever 21 goods on the red carpet.
When asked, she would say it was just "vintage."
Blake Lively Used to Wear Forever 21 on the Red Carpet and Pretend It Was Vintage https://t.co/GkGVUJgPey— Julia Hatton (@Julia Hatton)1556218663.0
Blake Lively's Used to Wear Forever 21 on Red Carpets https://t.co/cDlDxT5PTk https://t.co/FW8Uih0fXW— Hot Gossip (@Hot Gossip)1556225192.0
Blake Lively's "Vintage" Red Carpet Outfits Were Actually Forever 21 Blake Lively can really rock a look--no matter… https://t.co/YLPpPvLhYH— UnitedNewsOfAmerica (@UnitedNewsOfAmerica)1556221011.0
Blake Lively claiming her @Forever21 red carpet lewks were “vintage” is the disrupter level I’m currently at on this already-long Thursday— Dana (@Dana)1556219460.0
"I read that you don't work with a stylist. How did you start developing relationships with designers?" Sydney Sweeney, whom Lively was talking to for an interview with InStyle, asked. "I remember you wore a Forever 21 dress to one of your first red carpets."
"I wore Forever 21 much longer than I admitted," Lively said in reply.
"I just started saying it was vintage because I was so shamed for it."
It's funny because now we think of her as a fashion icon:
@e80t_0 blake lively in suits >> https://t.co/868dJrO2rA— ّ (@ّ)1555803195.0
reminder that blake lively is the prettiest person to exist https://t.co/3tJehudEXP— kelsi (@kelsi)1555448145.0
Do you ever just wanna be Blake Lively??????? Bc same— kalli hartman (@kalli hartman)1555462478.0
Blake Lively https://t.co/nES4JHmdyh— Hush Hush (@Hush Hush)1555777336.0
Blake Lively is stunning 😍 https://t.co/lHmHEAj25o— Fit Celebs (@Fit Celebs)1556188231.0
Not to mention, she's got a wicked sense of humor:
blake lively is so damn funny, i wanna give her a high five https://t.co/ziRBkr2I6w— lizzy (@lizzy)1535134991.0
So so so so so sorry mom... PLEASE DON’T WATCH THIS. https://t.co/olqgm4Io6K— Blake Lively (@Blake Lively)1538249057.0
Hard at work... #ASimpleFavor in theaters NOW. @ASimpleFavor @HlywoodHeadless @ThomasTheBoxer @AviationGin https://t.co/7yELNMRTFM— Blake Lively (@Blake Lively)1538165728.0
Life Goal: To be in a Who Wore It Better with Robert Redford. ✅ Other Life Goal: to have less free time spent maki… https://t.co/Zbf8EcA08t— Blake Lively (@Blake Lively)1537307832.0
Sorry, I got a new phone. Who's this? https://t.co/DUUCSeDnlZ— Blake Lively (@Blake Lively)1536866996.0
I could totally make all the Avengers turn to dust now, huh?... https://t.co/mmaz4f7KwD— Blake Lively (@Blake Lively)1535132012.0
But she had a pretty solid reason for wearing that Forever 21 Chic look everywhere she went.
"For one of my first events, I wore a dress that I was so insecure in, but I was told that I couldn't back out because it was made custom and it would hurt my relationship with the designer," she recalled. "It didn't fit right though, and everybody knew it was a mess. Whenever I look at a photo from that red carpet, I can see how uncomfortable I was in my own skin. I'd never do that again."
So she gave herself the power.