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A Very Special VMAs Throwback Thursday: Remember Paris, Gwen, Beyoncé and More

The MTV Video Music Awards are Sunday, and with them comes the promise of some truly memorable style moments. Since everyone from Lady Gaga to the Janoskians will score an invite, there’s bound to be a couple drop-dead-fabulous dresses, a few major fashion events and a couple outfits that will leaving you saying “What on earth?!” Below, we rounded up a few of our faves that fell into all those categories, and gave them the #TBT Instagram treatment for good measure. Check ‘em out and tell us your favorite VMA style memories in the comments!

MTV VMAs Gwen StefaniJim Smeal/WireImage

Loni Venti, Style and Beauty Writer: While there are loads of starlets with Crayola-inspired tresses today, let’s not forget that the real rainbow hair revolution began in the 90s—and that no one truly nailed it quite like Gwen Stefani. When the blue-bunned, bindi-adorned, bikini-rocking No Doubt frontwoman stepped out on the VMAs carpet in 1998, the getup that probably would have been a don’t on anyone not named Gwen Stefani soon became the quintessential late ’90s skater-babe look to steal. Despite wearing a Muppet bra and face bling, she still looked smokin’ and inspired lookalikes everywhere (my teenage self included).

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Catherine Kast, Writer/Reporter: Ah, 2011. It was a time before crop tops were a red carpet go-to, a time when girls dip-dyed their tips, and a simpler time, when celebs revealed their pregnancies in person, not over Instagram. Of course, Beyoncé let us know about baby Blue Ivy in predictably stellar fashion, in a one-shouldered Lanvin dress accessorized with a positively glowing complexion on the red carpet. (She drove the point home later on stage.) Raise your hand, “Single Ladies” style, if you think she never looked better!

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Andrea Lavinthal, Style and Beauty Director: There was a time in red carpet history when it wasn’t considered an A-list event unless Paris Hilton was in attendance, and that time was 2003. Before Paris became a household name for her Emmy award-winning work on The Simple Life, she was a socialite best known for making “home videos” and showing up to awards shows in brightly-colored strips of cloth. One of her more memorable “outfits” was the turquoise two-piece she wore to the VMAs. The tiny top and asymmetrical skirt were the perfect complement to her on-trend belly ring and spray-tanned skin. It’s a wonder there’s any bronzer and blonde hair extensions left on this Earth after that day.

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Alex Apatoff, Senior Style Editor: All my best style moments since 1993 involve one or both Olsen twins. Only slightly joking, but I did love this time in their lives before they became Serious Fashionistas and were still wearing goofy things like cropped flared capris, ruched lace tops, and matching haircuts with David Spade. (Sincerely, I want to know why they are on the arms of David Spade to introduce an award. 2003 was a weird year.) They’ve had sillier outfits and more memorable moments, but this one perfectly captures that tipping point between their “adorable tween stars” personas and their current reign as “CFDA Award Winners” who wouldn’t be caught dead within fifty miles of the VMAs red carpet.

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Brittany Talarico, Associate Style Editor: I bet you all forgot that Lindsay Lohan wore a purple mini dress with butt-framing, unzipped pockets on the back to the VMAs in 2008. That’s why I’m bringing it to your attention this Throwback Thursday, because really, it’s something that needs to be remembered. The detailing also exposed white satin liner, which popped against the eggplant color of her long-sleeve dress. I wonder if LiLo kept anything in there? A credit card? Lipgloss? As for the rest of the look, she went the matchy-matchy route with purple strappy sandals — catch the full length here — long blonde waves, and her most important accessory of the night — then-girlfriend Samantha Ronson.

MTV VMAs RihannaJon Kopaloff/FilmMagic

Jackie Fields, Beauty Writer: With Rihanna, it’s never just about the outfit. When the singer showed up to the 2012 MTV VMAS in a white Adam Selman dress, it was her brand new pixie that stole the show. While the crop was amazingly chic, I want to pay homage to this sleek, backless gown. I know this isn’t one of those risk-taking moments she’s known for, but from the crisp silhouette to the knotted front, I give her major props for putting together such an elegant look on a red carpet that’s often about pushing the, er, envelope (meat dress, anyone?).

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Teen Scientist Who Created Pancreatic Cancer Test to Write Autobiography

It’s been another typical summer for the world’s most renowned teenage scientist.

Along with writing his autobiography, Jack Andraka, 17, has logged countless hours at a Georgetown University lab working on various projects, including a water filtration system made from crushed plastic bottles, nanorobots that could one day be injected into humans to fight cancer and new type of paint that will remove contaminants from the air inside buildings.

“It’s amazing all the opportunities I’m having,” he tells PEOPLE. “I have this life I never could have imagined.”

The high school senior first made headlines in April, when news broke that at the age of 15, he had created a simple, inexpensive test to detect pancreatic cancer that costs three cents and gives results in five minutes.

Andraka’s autobiography Breakthrough – published by HarperCollins and due out in March 2015 – chronicles the self-described science and math nerd’s journey from bullying victim to world-traveling science booster.

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Breakthrough by Jack Andraka

“There’s this stereotype that a lot of youth have that science is a boring field,” he says. “But it’s incredibly creative, and I just wanted to share my passion about science through my story and help inspire other youth to get into it.”

In the book, Andraka also recounts grappling with his homosexuality and how it led to his being “ostracized” by students and teachers at his middle school, leading to his decision to often eat his lunch in the restroom.

“It was like that classic Mean Girls scene where I would use the toilet paper holder as my table,” he says. “It was definitely a really hard period in my life.”

The plucky, self-effacing teen, once described as the Edison of our times, has definitely put the past behind him. These days, the white-water kayaking enthusiast and origami freak is busy filling out college applications. He hopes to attend Stanford University, where he wants to major in bio-engineering.

And one more thing: He’s looking forward to the day folks stop calling him a “wunderkind.”

“I don’t view myself as a whiz kid,” Andraka says, laughing. “I just see myself as a scientist who happens to be a kid.”

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378 People ‘Pay it Forward’ with Free Coffee at Florida Starbucks

Florida Starbucks Pay it Forward

Drive-thru Starbucks

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A woman started an act of kindness chain that lasted for hours at a Starbucks drive-thru in Florida.

She ordered an iced coffee at about 7 a.m. Wednesday in St. Petersburg and asked to pay for the caramel macchiato for the stranger in the car behind her. He returned the favor. The chain kept going as employees began keeping count.

The Tampa Bay Times reports the chain finally ended around 6 p.m. when customer number 379 pulled up and ordered a regular coffee. Barista Vu Nguyen leaned out the window and explained the chain that started earlier in the day, asking if she’d like to participate. She declined, saying she only wanted to pay for her coffee.

Nguyen says he doesn’t believe she understood the concept of paying it forward.

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John Forshew, a Starbucks barista

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Elizabeth Vargas and Marc Cohn Separated Since Last Year

Elizabeth Vargas and Marc Cohn Separated Since Last Year

Elizabeth Vargas and Marc Cohn

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Despite the recent revelation that Elizabeth Vargas returned to rehab this week to battle alcohol addiction, a source says the ABC News anchor, 51, and singer-songwriter husband Marc Cohn parted ways months before this relapse.

“They agreed to split last winter and it’s very amicable,” the source says of the couple’s pending divorce. On Wednesday, PEOPLE exclusively revealed that the couple separated after 12 years of marriage.

Last November, Vargas publicly addressed her addiction for the first time. This week Cohn, 55, expressed his well wishes, saying in an exclusive statement, “On behalf of Elizabeth’s family, we are in total support of her recovery and want her to be well.”

Vargas has said she regrets letting her family (including sons Zachary, 11, and Samuel, 8) down with this most recent setback. With their relationship behind them, she and Cohn are now focused on parenting. “Both parties are devoted parents,” says the source, “and are committed to putting the boys first.”

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