In the late ‘90s and early aughts, pop music was fraught with sugary sweet tunes, and the sweetest of them all belonged to Mandy Moore and her infectious debut track, “Candy”. Just one year after Britney Spears topped the charts with “Hit Me Baby, One More Time” – thereby paving the way for similar acts – Moore appeared on the scene with girl-next-door charm and an ear-to-ear grin. For a ten-year span, the popstar was behind a multitude of singles like “I Wanna Be with You” (2000) and “Nothing That Your Are” (2007).
However, her singing career pales in comparison to her acting career, which began when she crossed over from the musical stage to the television screen in 2000. Her most memorable early role was in Princess Diaries, playing an eye-rolling mean girl named Lana Thomas. Save for a handful of independent films, small TV parts, and a starring role in ultra-gooey romance movie A Walk to Remember, Moore never had a significant breakout role. Although her talent is undisputed, she seemed to fade from pop-culture memory over the years.
That all changed in 2016 when the star landed the meaty role of Rebecca Pearson in NBC’s acclaimed family drama, This Is Us. Challenged to play both an older and a younger version of her character – often multiple times an episode – and tasked with bearing the weight of an incredibly emotionally charged script, Moore blossomed. Out of a truly outstanding cast, she shined as Pearson, playing her role with both fragility and fortitude.
In 2017, This Is Us was nominated for a whopping ten Emmy Awards, and Moore was nominated for a Golden Globe that same year. As she became a compelling pop-culture figure once again, her appearances on the red carpet matured. With a penchant for feminine silhouettes, floaty fabrics, bold colorways, and fashion-forward details, the Mandy Moore glow-up has not gone unnoticed by us, and we’re celebrating it in the gallery below.