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Today is Thandie Newton’s birthday! The British star of the big and small screen, who was just recently nominated for an Emmy for her work in HBO’s Westworld, is turning 45. Where has the time gone?! The beauty has been acting since 1991 and still looks as youthful as she did when she made her film debut in Flirting. But not only that, Newton dresses still dresses as chic as she did back then. Her style specialties seem to include strapless gowns, a love of prints, rocking sparkly dresses and stopping traffic in shimmering gold. She’s been awarded style awards for her love of bold dresses with minimal accessories (the ones she chooses to wear stand out without doing too much). But Newton told The Guardian back in 2007 that it wasn’t always like that. Her style used to be quite frumpy.
“I pride myself on having good taste now, but it was terrible growing up,” she said. “I dressed like a 40-year-old woman when I was a teenager. I wore long skirts, tights, big sweaters and lots of make-up.” Now, she has fun with her makeup (which is heavy every now and then) and isn’t afraid to show some skin. (At one premiere, the dress she had on was plunging so low in the back you could see her thong.) In honor of her 45th birthday, we thought we’d show you her best style moves over the years. The trends may have changed, but her love of statement dresses remains the same.
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