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From the Simple Life to Family Life — See Nicole Richie's Epic Transformation

Sep 21 2013 - 6:00am

Nicole Richie [1] turns 32 today! To celebrate the big day, we're taking a look back at Nicole's pretty radical transformation over the years, from her days of partying with Paris Hilton [2] and Lindsay Lohan [3] to her current status as a wife, mother, and all-around style star. While there may have been some bumps in the road throughout her career, it's safe to say that Nicole has come out on top. Not only is she devoted to her adorable family, but she's also a bona fide businesswoman juggling multiple fashion lines, children's charities, and stints on shows like Project Runway and Fashion Star. In honor of Nicole's big day, click through to see her epic metamorphosis over the years.

Nicole Richie [4] showed off her patriotic side in a slinky American flag print top at a Las Vegas club opening in November 2001.

Nicole Richie [5] attended a benefit party in LA in her then-signature brand of brights in March 2002.

Whoa, girl! Nicole Richie [6] bared (almost) all in a sheer tiger-print dress that didn't leave much to the imagination. It was actually pretty appropriate for the occasion — a Frederick's of Hollywood party in April 2002.

Nicole Richie [7] and Paris Hilton [8] partied in skimpy ensembles at a Hollywood bash in June 2002.

Before they headed to a rural farm town for the first season of The Simple Life, Fox threw Nicole Richie [9] and Paris Hilton [10] a bon voyage bash that was attended by their celeb pals, including a mohawk-wearing Kelly Osbourne, in April 2003.

Nicole Richie [11] hit up a pre-Emmys party in September 2003 and posed for photos with some cast members from Queer Eye For the Straight Guy (remember that show?).

Nicole Richie [12] and an almost-unrecognizable Taryn Manning attended a Halloween [13] party together in October 2003.

Nicole Richie [14] and Paris Hilton [15] showed up in monochromatic looks for The Simple Life premiere party in December 2003.

Nicole Richie [16] and Paris Hilton [17] hit the stage together to present at the Billboard Music Awards in December 2003.

Nicole Richie [18] and Paris Hilton [19] hung out in the gifting suite during the Sundance Film Festival in January 2004 — check out that ancient flip phone!

Nicole Richie [20] was anything but mellow in this head-to-toe yellow look at a GM event in Hollywood back in February 2004.

Nicole Richie [21] and Paris Hilton [22] were two of a (colorful) kind at their Simple Life welcome home party in April 2004.

Nicole Richie [23] rocked a color-coordinated look for a PlayStation 2 bash in LA in May 2004.

Nicole Richie [24] went for a mature suited-up look while attending a Fox event with her mom, Brenda, in June 2004.

Nicole Richie [25] hit the red carpet for her Teen Choice Awards hosting gig alongside Paris Hilton [26] in August 2004.

Nicole Richie [27] was given a sweet smooch by her then-boyfriend, the late DJ AM, as they sat front row for the Monique Lhuillier [28] runway show in September 2004.

Nicole Richie [29] and Paris Hilton [30] showed up together for Mariah Carey [31]'s annual Halloween [32] party in NYC back in October 2004.

Nicole Richie [33] showed off a rather stunning red carpet look for the Billboard Music Awards in December 2004.

Nicole Richie [34] and Christina Aguilera [35] showed off their shiny new engagement rings — courtesy of DJ AM and Jordan Bratman, respectively — at a Roberto Cavalli [36] store opening in LA in February 2005.

A slimmed-down Nicole Richie [37] showed up in style for a Marc Jacobs [38] boutique opening in LA back in March 2005.

How's this for a blast from the past? Nicole Richie [39] and a blond Lindsay Lohan [40] stepped out together for a Cartier [41] bash in May 2005.

Nicole Richie [42] — with a cute new blond bob — signed autographs of her first book, The Truth About Diamonds, at an LA Barnes and Noble store in November 2005.

Nicole Richie [43] and her then-stylist Rachel Zoe [44] attended the Marchesa [45] runway show together during New York Fashion Week in February 2006.

Nicole Richie [46] and DJ AM (who was then her fiancé) packed on the PDA during his surprise birthday party in Las Vegas in April 2006.

Nicole Richie [47] was surprised with a birthday cake of her own during a Teen Vogue Young Hollywood party in LA in September 2006.

Nicole Richie [48] was the belle of the ball at a launch party for the T-Mobile Sidekick in October 2006 (yes, we said T-Mobile Sidekick).

Nicole Richie [49] joined Rachel Zoe [50] at a cocktail party for designer Charlotte Ronson [51] in LA back in October 2006.

A dark-haired Nicole Richie [52] stuck close to her pal Paris Hilton [53] during an LA soirée in November 2006.

Nicole Richie [54] flashed a peace sign at a Disney Couture party hosted by her longtime friend Kidada Jones in May 2007.

In December 2007, Nicole Richie [55] showed off her growing baby bump while launching The Richie Madden Children's Foundation with Joel Madden [56], who was then just her boyfriend.

Nicole Richie [57] and Joel Madden [58] launched another children's charity initiative together in September 2008.

Look at little Harlow! Nicole Richie [59] and Joel Madden [60] brought their baby girl to the Kidstock Music and Art Festival in LA in May 2009.

Just a year after giving birth to Harlow Madden, Nicole Richie [61] put her second baby bump on display at an event in LA in August 2009, this time expecting her son, Sparrow.

Joel Madden [62] and Nicole Richie [63] had a sweet date night at a Knicks game in NYC back in February 2010.

Nicole Richie [64] and Joel Madden [65] kicked the glamour up a notch for the Oscars red carpet in March 2010.

Nicole Richie [66] signed copies of her second book, Priceless, at an LA Barnes and Noble store in October 2010.

Nicole Richie [67] and Joel Madden [68] brought their kids, Harlow and Sparrow, to a Yo Gabba Gabba! concert in LA in November 2010.

Nicole Richie [69] went for a vintage look when she and Joel attended Elton John's annual Oscars viewing party in February 2011.

Nicole Richie [70] and Joel Madden [71] spent a fun family day with their little ones, Harlow and Sparrow, at a Disney event in London during October 2011.

Nicole Richie [72] joined her Fashion Star cohorts, Elle Macpherson and John Varvatos [73], at the show's premiere party in NYC in March 2012.

Nicole Richie [74] joined her dad, Lionel, on stage during his special Las Vegas concert in April 2012 — so sweet!

Nicole Richie [75] launched her House of Harlow [76] collection at Sydney's David Jones store in May 2012.

Nicole Richie [77] attended a launch event for her fragrance, Nicole, at Macy's in LA in August 2012.

Further cementing her style star status, Nicole Richie [78] was honored at the Style Awards in NYC in September 2012.

Nicole Richie [79] and Joel Madden [80] made the most of their night out during an LA Macy's event in September 2012.

Nicole Richie [81] expanded her empire with a special line for Macy's Impulse, and feted the launch in NYC in September 2012.

Nicole Richie [82] turned it out on the red carpet at the ALMA Awards in LA in September 2012.

Nicole Richie [83] went for a '20s-inspired look when she attended the Baby2Baby Gala with Jessica Alba [84] in November 2012.

Nicole Richie [85] got a sweet smooch from her son, Sparrow Madden, during a birthday party in July 2012.

Nicole Richie [86] was a vision in blue when she walked the red carpet at the Golden Globes in LA in January 2013.

Nicole Richie [87] shared a cute moment with her godfather, Quincy Jones, during a pre-Grammys gala in LA in February 2013.

After launching a clothing line for QVC, Nicole Richie [88] hit the red carpet for the company's big LA bash in February 2013.

Nicole Richie [89] and her husband, Joel Madden [90], were on hand for Elton John's annual Oscars viewing party in LA in February 2013.

How chic did Nicole Richie [91] look on the arm of Elle creative director Joe Zee? The duo arrived for the Stella McCartney [92] show during Paris Fashion Week together in March 2013.

Nicole Richie [93] spoke on stage during AOL's Digital Content NewFronts while promoting her online show, Candidly Nicole, in April 2013.

Nicole Richie [94] debuted a high-fashion look for the punk-themed Met Gala in NYC in May 2013.

Nicole Richie [95] glammed it up for the CFDA Fashion Awards in NYC in June 2013.

Nicole Richie [96] broke it down with Mario Lopez during a July 2013 appearance on Extra in LA.

Nicole Richie [97] took a stroll with her daughter, Harlow Madden, in LA in July 2013.

Nicole Richie [98] joined her husband, Joel Madden [99], and their kids, Harlow and Sparrow, for a walk to the beach during their July 2013 vacation in St.-Tropez.

Nicole Richie [100] sported a sequin Giorgio Armani [101] jumpsuit while hosting the Style Awards in NYC in September 2013.

Nicole Richie [102] stepped out for a Nordstrom [103] store opening party in LA in September 2013.


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