Nicole Richie’s Red Carpet Moments: Then & Now [PHOTOS]

When we first got to know Nicole Richie, she was part of Hollywood’s overpriveleged posse, which included Paris and Nicki Hilton, Brandon Davis, Kimberly Stewart, the Kardashians and Rashida Jones.  Over the years, Richie has established herself as a talented actress, fashion designer and author.

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Once, she was Hilton’s funny sidekick on The Simple Life.  Now, she’s considered one of Hollywood’s most stylish celebrities, having picked up Style Influencer of The Year at the ACE Awards in New York Monday night (November 7th).

We’re looking forward to what Richie has to offer on NBC’s reality competition, Fashion Star come February.  We’ll forgive Richie for her multicolored locks a la Xtina’s Stripped cover back in the day, only because she dropped Hilton like a chlamydia-covered hot potato.