The Hills Looks Back: The Old Heidi

Did you watch The Hills retrospective this weekend?

As a Hills junkie, a two-hour look-back was more than I could ask for. I had completely forgotten about the Lauren-Stephen-Kristin triangle (it seems like years ago!). Seeing the Jason-Jessica kiss at the fashion show made me hate Jason even more -- who knew it was possible?

But there was one part of this "Lauren Looks Back" episode that had me jumping for joy... seeing Heidi and Lauren on Laguna Beach. During the Laguna days, we had no idea that a girl named Heidi Montag even existed. Now, as this two-hour special showed, Heidi was at that fashion show where Jason and Jessica shared their infamous kiss. In fact, Heidi even strutted down the runway with Kristin Cavallari. As Lauren said in her narration, she should have known then that trouble was ahead.

Heidi looked so... normal. First of all, she was as flat-chested as could be, and her hair was a disaster (I guess fame really does help with that). But those flaws made her seem like a regular gal.

I had interviewed Heidi back in the day when she was nice. She didn't come off as the smartest girl on the block, but at least she was a great friend to Lauren. She told me, "I have a good heart. I'm not all jokes. I'm a pretty serious person sometimes. I'm very very hardworking. I'm very academic."

Then later in the interview, she said, "I've always been this way. This is who I am. Take it or leave it. You'll either hate me or you'll love me. I have a strong personality, which isn't necessarily good or bad. I really don't mind what people in Oklahoma -- who I don't know -- think of me. I really only care about the people in my life."

The problem is that this sentiment used to be okay for Heidi. But now that's she's trying to launch a singing career and a fashion line (to compete with Miss Conrad?), it does matter what us little folk think.

Did you like Heidi in her pre-Spencer days? Do you like her now? Has Spencer ruined her completely? Is there any hope for her future?

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