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Woman recreates Nicole Kidman’s iconic divorce outfit to celebrate her own being finalised

It’s one of the most iconic paparazzi photos of all time: a jubilant Nicole Kidman throws her arms in the air outside her attorney’s office in Los Angeles after finalising her divorce from Tom Cruise in 2001.

And Californian writer and producer Liz Maupin decided to recreate the famous image over the weekend as she celebrated her own divorce.

Ms Maupin, 34, surprised 30 friends at her ‘divorce party’ by dressing in the same outfit the Aussie actress wore for her meeting with her lawyers 20 years ago.

Freedom! A jubilant Nicole Kidman throws her arms in the air outside her attorney's office in Los Angeles after finalising her divorce from Tom Cruise in 2001

Inspired: Californian writer Liz Maupin (left) recreated Nicole Kidman’s iconic ‘divorce photo’ from 2001 (right) as she celebrated her own divorce with friends in LA over the weekend

Ms Maupin told TMRW: ‘I honestly think I only saw the photo for the first time a few years ago and I just loved it. You can feel how relieved, how happy Nicole is to have it all over with.’

She said she spent weeks trying to find something similar to Kidman’s chiffon floral top for the event, eventually having one custom made. 

Ms Maupin, who said she hopes Kidman ‘sees it and is proud’, separated from her spouse in 2018, but the divorce wasn’t finalised until last week.

The now-iconic party was thrown to celebrate the ‘finality’ of her divorce, and to welcome a ‘new chapter’ of her life.

Epic: The image of Nicole celebrating the end of her marriage to Cruise has become iconic

Epic: The image of Nicole celebrating the end of her marriage to Cruise has become iconic

‘It was absolutely empowering and so fun,’ Ms Maupin added to Buzzfeed.

‘I chose to make the party no-boys-allowed. I highly recommend having a divorce party if you find yourself divorced someday.

‘I think there’s still stigma around divorce, which is so unnecessary, and I wanted to really have a positive experience at the end of it all and just celebrate being me again, without a tether to another person, and starting over.’

Surprise! 'I honestly think I only saw the photo for the first time a few years ago and I just loved it,' Ms Maupin told TMRW. 'You can feel how relieved, how happy Nicole is to have it over with'

Surprise! ‘I honestly think I only saw the photo for the first time a few years ago and I just loved it,’ Ms Maupin told TMRW. ‘You can feel how relieved, how happy Nicole is to have it over with’

Friendship: 'At a divorce party for Liz Maupin who had the outfit from Nicole Kidman's iconic divorce photo custom made,' one of her 30 guests wrote on Twitter

Friendship: ‘At a divorce party for Liz Maupin who had the outfit from Nicole Kidman’s iconic divorce photo custom made,’ one of her 30 guests wrote on Twitter

Kidman, 54, was married to Cruise from 1990 to 2001. The former couple are parents to adopted children Isabella, 28, and Connor, 26. 

While she never spoke of the true reasons of their split, she has spoken in the past about their romance and her youth when they tied the knot.  

Of their romance, she told Vanity Fair in 2002: ‘He basically swept me off my feet. I fell madly, passionately in love’. 

She later said: ‘I was so young when I got married. I look back now and I’m like, ‘What?’ ‘I had two kids by the time I was 27 and I’d been married for four years [but] that’s what I wanted’.

She did later poke fun at the split – and their height difference – as she told David Letterman: ‘I can wear heels now. Let’s move on!’

Marriage: Kidman, 54, was married to Tom Cruise from 1990 to 2001. Pictured in March 1991

Marriage: Kidman, 54, was married to Tom Cruise from 1990 to 2001. Pictured in March 1991

Nicole also spoke about the power of being married to Tom, writing in a New York Magazine essay: ‘I got married very young, but it definitely wasn’t power for me – it was protection…

‘I married for love, but being married to an extremely powerful man kept me from being sexually harassed. I would work, but I was still very much cocooned. When I came out of it at 32, 33, it’s almost like I had to grow up’. 

The Oscar-winning actress went on to remarry country music star Keith Urban.

The pair tied the knot in 2009, and share daughters Faith, 10, and Sunday, 13.

Second chance at happiness: The Oscar-winning actress went on to remarry country music star Keith Urban. The pair tied the knot in 2009, and share daughters Faith, 10, and Sunday, 13

Second chance at happiness: The Oscar-winning actress went on to remarry country music star Keith Urban. The pair tied the knot in 2009, and share daughters Faith, 10, and Sunday, 13 

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