Snooki Channels ‘Laguna Beach’-Era Lauren Conrad In #TBT Pic

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But who had the better tan?

Whether it be their love of the beach, loyalty to their boyfriends or the fact that they’ve both managed to turn their monikers into international brands, we’ve always been aware of some striking similarities between Snooki and Lauren Conrad. And it seems we’re not the only ones who’ve noticed the connection. In a Throwback Thursday pic posted to Twitter earlier today, Snooks explained that she’s felt a special kinship with Conrad since her teen years.

“TBT of when I thought I looked like LC from Laguna Beach,” Nicole wrote of her playful pose with a hose, above. And it’s not a far stretch! With bronze skin, blue eyes (the magic of color contacts!) and highlighted hair, she certainly captures the mid 2000s Orange County vibe. We can’t say we’d mistake the “Jersey Shore” guidette for a California native these days; however, if you tossed old-school Snooki a surfboard, jorts and some platform sandals, we’d have no problem believing she wasn’t a Black and White Affair VIP guest.

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Photos: Celebuzz/Michael Muller