Practically Magic: Proof That Nicole Kidman Has Gotten Better With Age

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She’s Bewitched us with her charm, Beguiled us with her beauty, and at the age of 51 (which she turns today), Nicole Kidman has only gotten better with age. Need proof? In the above photo, Kidman is 50 years old and doesn’t look a day over 36. With an auspicious foray into Hollywood on the arm of Tom Cruise as his wife and co-star of Days of Thunder (1990), the film that launched her to stardom, Kidman is no stranger to the spotlight. After all, she’s been in it for the past 28 years.

The 90s (when Kidman first arrived on the scene), for all of the decade’s trendsetting ways, were not necessarily the epitome of celebrity fashion, with slip dresses, baggy suits, and choker necklaces making regular rounds on the red carpet. Kidman was a victim of the era’s sloppy styles, but her radiant beauty more than made up for the unfortunate looks that made up the early days of her stardom.

The early aughts were also a rough time for celebrity style, and the years 2000-2004 saw Kidman courting asymmetrical separates, androgynous suits, and sheer tops. In 2005, her look seemed to change overnight, starting with a gorgeous ivory goddess gown and the introduction of polished classics and more color into her wardrobe. We’re chalking the change up to the arrival of a new beau in her life, Keith Urban, who started appearing on the red carpet with her in 2005 after the two started dating. 2006 is when her beauty look changed drastically as well, thanks in large part to a new hairstyle which featured bangs and removed the strawberry hue out of her hair, opting for cooler tones to compliment her ivory complexion.

Although she might frequently play an ice queen on shows like Big Little Lies and in films like The Stepford Wives, Kidman is a constant source of sunshine on the red carpet. With a wide grin that never stops and the ability to crack up her co-stars no matter who they are, Kidman is a is a pure beam of positive energy – which made this trip down memory lane showcasing her best red-carpet looks in the past 20+ years a particular joy.

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