We've become a pretty big fan of the new Nicole Richie. She entertained us as the funnier, willing to try anything half of The Simple Life but thinking back to where she was last year, we can't believe how much she's changed. Last Memorial Day Nicole was ridiculed for her nasty email invite about only allowing in girls who weighed less than 100 pounds. The now much healthier mother was battling image issues then but she appears to be more confident, beautiful and healthier than ever.
That same party resulted in Mischa Barton ending up in the hospital after the two girls were spotted preparing for the party. Later that year, Nicole drove down a highway the wrong way, was arrested for a DUI and is now in traffic school to make up for it all. Nic is now a loving dotting mother of Harlow who has a fabulous charity and is proving to all that a recovering addict can become a happy, healthy role model. Here's to Nicole teaching a few other Hollywood messes how things can be done right.