Jaime and Ally: MTV’s Original It Girls

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With both a new episode of Gossip Girl and The Rachel Zoe Project‘s season finale airing tonight, ensuring that every twenty-something year-old girl and gay guy stay glued to their television sets, we wanted to take a moment to look back and reflect on the show that we think made these and a whole lot of other shows possible. Picture it: New York City, 2003. And the show? A little something MTV threw together called Rich Girls.

Rich Girls introduced us to two very special young ladies, Ally Hilfiger and Jaime Gleicher: the former, daughter of one of America’s leading fashion designers; the latter, heiress to the Innovation Luggage fortune. In only one season, the two enjoyed their prom, traveled to Europe, and even survived the blackout of 2003. Ally even went grocery shopping.

But, like all good things, the show came to an abrupt end and the girls were never heard from again. Hilfiger headed to rehab; Gleicher, Barnard.

All that’s left of their beloved show is a really old MTV site riddled with dead links and a lone fan’s YouTube channel made up entirely of episodes that are recorded off the TV. No, literally, with a camcorder, which is an injustice so grave it would bring even Chuck Bass to tears. How budget is that?

So while we labor here in our offices on a petition to get this show the DVD recognition it deserves, enjoy this little reminder of a show that once was and let’s all pay our respects to the girls who, before Whitney Port rolled into town, once upon a time really did have it all.