Gwen Stefani and Fergie via Instagram @gwenstefani/@fergie, retrieved 6-1-16
Gwen Stefani and Fergie via Instagram @gwenstefani/@fergie, retrieved 6-1-16

Both stepping out from the shadow of their groups at the time, Gwen Stefani and Fergie turned out to be two of the biggest pop stars in the early 2000s. With chart topping debut albums, hot collaborations and award-winning singles, these ladies once ruled the world!

Let’s take a look at their top moments that made them the superstars that they are today.

Both started as members of a group.

Stefani was the co-founder and lead vocalist for the rock band No Doubt. It was during the band’s hiatus in 2004 that Gwen decided to launch her solo career and boy are we glad she did.

Fergie joined Hip Hop group The Black Eyed Peas in 2003 when group member, will.i.am invited her to tryout for the song “Shut Up.” After she secured the gig, she recorded five more songs with the group, leading into her permanent position.

Both of their debut albums garnered impressive accolades.

Stemming from the 2005 release of her debut album Love. Angel. Music. Baby, which included the hit singles “Rich Girl,” “Hollaback Girl,” and “Luxurious,” Stefani received multi-platinum status in several countries and sold over seven million copies worldwide. Stefani later released her sophomore album, The Sweet Escape in 2006, which won her three Grammy Awards.

In 2006 Fergie released her debut album The Dutchess, which produced five Top 5 singles in the United States, including three number-one hits on the Billboard Top 100, “London Bridge,” “Big Girls Don’t Cry,” and “Glamorous,” as well as the Number 2 single “Fergalicious” and the Number 5 single “Clumsy.” The singles sold over two million digital downloads, setting a new record for the most multi-platinum singles from one album.

Both headlined major tours.

The Harajuku Lovers Tour was Stefani’s first solo tour that began in October 2005 to support her debut album Love. Angel. Music. Baby. The tour lasted three months and covered cities throughout the U.S. and Canada, while enlisting in The Black Eyed Peas, M.I.A. and Ciara as opening acts.

To support her album The Duchess in 2007, Fergie headlined the Verizon VIP Tour. The tour traveled to 23 cities in the U.S. and included Atlanta rapper Ludacris as an opening act.

Both have clothing lines.

L.A.M.B. which is an acronym of Stefani’s Love.Angel.Music.Baby, is her fashion line that made its way to the runway in 2004. The line includes shoes, watches, bags and a fragrance called “L.”

Fergalicious is Fergie’s shoe line designed for the young trendsetter on a budget.

Both have starred on the big screen.

In 2004, Stefani starred as Jane Harlow in The Aviator in which she was nominated for a SAG Award. Currently, she’s an advisor on NBC’s hit singing competition show, The Voice.

In 2005, Fergie played herself in the movie Be Cool featuring Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson. She also played the voice of a female hippopotamus in Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa.

Wow! Gwen Stefani and Fergie are certainly the definition of girls who run the world!

Written By: Nicole Cunningham

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