You Have To See How Much Dakota Johnson Has Changed Over The Years

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Dakota Johnson ranks at the top of Hollywood’s most-wanted list these days, thanks in no small part to her starring role in the Fifty Shades series. But the actress has been a red carpet regular since long before she was Anastasia Steele – as in, almost two decades longer. As the daughter of two actors, Dakota spent plenty of time in the spotlight growing up, which makes witnessing her beauty evolution especially fun. (And only a little bit disconcerting, now that she spends even more time acting out kinky sex on-screen.)

Now that Dakota’s a full-fledged celebrity, she’s got countless beauty hits under her belt. She’s proved that she can pull off dark brown hair just as well as bright blond, and bold orange lipstick just as well as none. Basically, she’s a red carpet pro – and we think we might have an inkling as to why. Practice makes perfect, after all.

Here, we’re taking a look back at the 27-year-old star’s many looks over the years. From one of her very first events to her most recent Fifty Shades Darker premiere, Dakota has always kept it cool.
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One of the perks of having celebrity parents (or downsides, depending who you’re asking) is that you get more red carpet exposure before you’re in your teens than most people do in their entire lives. Here she is with her dad, Miami Vice actor Don Johnson, sporting the youthful glow only seen on actual children.
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With cool braids and an on-trend newsboy cap, Dakota Johnson at age 13 is all of us at age 13 — except we didn’t get to go to the premiere of The Cheetah Girls.
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The budding model/actress looked considerably more grown up with sultry black eyeliner and a flattering auburn dye job that made her blue eyes pop.
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We were so focused on Dakota’s bucket hat (with a feminine twist — note the bow), we almost missed the fact that she’s rocking the exact sun-kissed color we’ve been trying to achieve every summer for years.
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Dakota showed off a particularly polished look at a MOCA event in Los Angeles, with easy-going waves and soft makeup to offset her buttoned-up bowtie ensemble.
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Bright blond highlights on pin-straight hair and a pink stained lip made the actress look every bit the fresh-faced California girl.
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Everything about this look, from the effortless, natural-looking hair color to the bold poppy-red lip, is 100% on point.
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Here, Dakota goes all the way with the beachy blonde, and it looks amazing.
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Another piece of evidence supporting the fact that a change in hair color can completely revolutionize your look — and the fact that Dakota looks good in absolutely every shade.
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Faux bob or real? We can’t be certain — but it looks amazing, as does her bright pink lip color and dramatic winged eyeliner.
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With super dark strands and rosy, neutral makeup, Dakota has totally found her look.
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