Eva Mendes recalls wearing a $6 dress on first red carpet

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Eva Mendes Wears a $6 Dress

Eva Mendes has had no shortage of time in the spotlight lately.

The actress and new mom joined Instagram on March 12th with a precious throwback photo of herself as a little girl.

She also recently used Instagram to clarify a controversial comment she made linking sweatpants to divorce rate.

The actress was highly criticized for the statement, and she eventually "apologized" for it in this lighthearded Instagram post. Ryan Gosling, the father of her new daughter, even came to her defense.

Today, Eva threw it back to her first red carpet in 2001 -- where she wore a $6 dress from Goodwill. She even did her own hair and makeup!

Take a look at her fabulous look below:

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Eva Mendes recalls wearing a $6 dress on first red carpet
The debut of my latest @nyandcompany collection has me throwing back to my first red carpet. I did my own hair and make up and that's a $6 dress from Goodwill. I've always loved a cheap find. Viva thrift shops! #tbt
Taking to Instagram to keep you posted on my clothing line for @nyandcompany and CIRCA Beauty (@realcircabeauty), a cosmetics line I have coming out at Walgreens. I thought this picture might be a good way to start. 38 years later and still holding strong on the head wrap comeback. x
AUSTIN, TX - MARCH 13: Actor/director Ryan Gosling (L) and director Guillermo del Toro partake in 'A Conversation With Ryan Gosling' during 2015 SXSW Music, Film + Interactive Festival at Austin Convention Center on March 13, 2015 in Austin, Texas. (Photo by Michael Loccisano/Getty Images for SXSW)
AUSTIN, TX - MARCH 13: Director Guillermo del Toro and actor/director Ryan Gosling attend 'A Conversation With Ryan Gosling' during 2015 SXSW Music, Film + Interactive Festival at Austin Convention Center on March 13, 2015 in Austin, Texas. (Photo by Michael Loccisano/Getty Images for SXSW)
AUSTIN, TX - MARCH 14: (L-R) Actor Rob Zabrecky, composer Johnny Jewel, actors Barbara Steele and Iain De Caestecker, SXSW Film Festival Director Janet Pierson, director/writer Ryan Gosling, and actors Saoirse Ronan and Ben Mendelsohn attend the 'Lost River' premiere during the 2015 SXSW Music, Film + Interactive Festival at Topfer Theatre at ZACH on March 14, 2015 in Austin, Texas. (Photo by Michael Loccisano/Getty Images for SXSW)
AUSTIN, TX - MARCH 14: (L-R) Composer Johnny Jewel, actors Eva Mendes, Saoirse Ronan, Ben Mendelsohn and Iain De Caestecker, and director/writer Ryan Gosling take part in a Q&A following the 'Lost River' premiere during the 2015 SXSW Music, Film + Interactive Festival at Topfer Theatre at ZACH on March 14, 2015 in Austin, Texas. (Photo by Michael Loccisano/Getty Images for SXSW)
AUSTIN, TX - MARCH 14: SXSW Film Festival Director Janet Pierson and director/writer Ryan Gosling attend the 'Lost River' premiere during the 2015 SXSW Music, Film + Interactive Festival at Topfer Theatre at ZACH on March 14, 2015 in Austin, Texas. (Photo by Michael Loccisano/Getty Images for SXSW)
AUSTIN, TX - MARCH 13: Director Guillermo del Toro (L) and actor/director Ryan Gosling partake in 'A Conversation With Ryan Gosling' during 2015 SXSW Music, Film + Interactive Festival at Austin Convention Center on March 13, 2015 in Austin, Texas. (Photo by Michael Loccisano/Getty Images for SXSW)
LOS ANGELES, CA - FEBRUARY 03: Ryan Gosling is seen on set filming for 'The Nice Guys' on February 03, 2015 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by TSM/Bauer-Griffin/GC Images)
AUSTIN, TX - MARCH 14: Ryan Gosling walks the red carpet at the premiere of his new film 'Lost River' at the Topfer Theater during the South by Southwest Film Festival on March 14, 2015 in Austin, Texas. (Photo by Gary Miller/FilmMagic)
AUSTIN, TX - MARCH 14: Ryan Gosling walks the red carpet at the premiere of his new film 'Lost River' at the Topfer Theater during the South by Southwest Film Festival on March 14, 2015 in Austin, Texas. (Photo by Gary Miller/FilmMagic)
AUSTIN, TX - MARCH 13: A view of the audience during 'A Conversation with Ryan Gosling' during the 2015 SXSW Music, Film + Interactive Festival at Austin Convention Center on March 13, 2015 in Austin, Texas. (Photo by Hutton Supancic/Getty Images for SXSW)
AUSTIN, TX - MARCH 13: A view of the audience during 'A Conversation with Ryan Gosling' during the 2015 SXSW Music, Film + Interactive Festival at Austin Convention Center on March 13, 2015 in Austin, Texas. (Photo by Hutton Supancic/Getty Images for SXSW)
Ryan Gosling is seen at LAX airport, 15 November 2014. 15 November 2014. Vantage News/IPx
Actor Ryan Gosling during a photo call for Lost River at the 67th international film festival, Cannes, southern France, Tuesday, May 20, 2014. (Photo by Joel Ryan/Invision/AP)
NEW YORK, NY - FEBRUARY 18: Eva Mendes filming a comercial for NY & Co. on February 18, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by Steve Sands/GC Images)
Eva Mendes arrives at the "On The Road" gala screening as part of AFI Fest on Saturday, November 3, 2012, in Los Angeles. (Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP)
Eva Mendes arrives at the Spike TV Guys Choice Awards on Saturday, June 4, 2011, in Culver City, Calif. (AP Photo/Dan Steinberg)
TORONTO, ON - SEPTEMBER 07: Actors Eva Mendes and Ryan Gosling attend 'The Place Beyond The Pines' premiere during the 2012 Toronto International Film Festival at Princess of Wales Theatre on September 7, 2012 in Toronto, Canada. (Photo by Sonia Recchia/Getty Images)
Actress Eva Mendes attends the premiere of "Last Night" during the 2011 Tribeca Film Festival on Monday, April 25, 2011, in New York. (AP Photo/Peter Kramer)
Eva Mendes arrives at The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Tribute honoring her in Beverly Hills, Calif., Wednesday, May 4, 2011. Loren's life and career will be celebrated by friends and colleagues. (AP Photo/Matt Sayles)
LOS ANGELES, CA - JANUARY 22: Russell Crowe, Jack Kilmer and Ryan Gosling are seen on the set of 'The Nice Guys' on January 22, 2015 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by TSM/Bauer-Griffin/GC Images)
This film image released by Focus Features shows Ryan Gosling and Eva Mendes in "The Place Beyond the Pines." (AP Photo/Focus Features)
LOS ANGELES, CA - JANUARY 22: Ryan Gosling is seen on the set of 'The Nice Guys' on January 22, 2015 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by TSM/Bauer-Griffin/GC Images)
THE PLACE BEYOND THE PINES 2012 Focus Features film with Ryan Gosling and Eva Mendes
Actress Eva Mendes attends the premiere party for Focus Features' "The Place Beyond The Pines" at The Bowery Hotel on Thursday March 28, 2013 in New York. (Photo: Evan Agostini/Invision/AP)
LOS ANGELES, CA - JANUARY 22: Russell Crowe, Jack Kilmer and Ryan Gosling are seen on the set of 'The Nice Guys' on January 22, 2015 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by TSM/Bauer-Griffin/GC Images)
Ryan Gosling is seen at LAX airport, 15 November 2014. 15 November 2014. Vantage News/IPx
From left, director Ryan Gosling and actress Christina Hendricks of the film Lost River and Geoffrey Arend arrive for the screening of Two Days, One Night (Deux jours, une nuit) at the 67th international film festival, Cannes, southern France, Tuesday, May 20, 2014. (AP Photo/Alastair Grant)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - NOVEMBER 03: Director/Writer Leos Carax and actress Eva Mendes arrive at the 'Holy Motors' special screening during the 2012 AFI Fest at Grauman's Chinese Theatre on November 3, 2012 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images For AFI)
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CERRITOS, CA - MARCH 19: Eva Mendes attends the Eva Mendes For New York & Company Spring Launch at the Los Cerritos Center on March 19, 2014 in Cerritos, California. (Photo by Angela Weiss/Getty Images for New York & Comp)
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This film image released by Focus Features shows Ryan Gosling and Eva Mendes in "The Place Beyond the Pines." (AP Photo/Focus Features)
This film image released by Focus Features shows Ryan Gosling in "The Place Beyond the Pines." (AP Photo/Focus Features, Atsushi Nishijima)
LOS ANGELES, CA - MARCH 18: Actress Eva Mendes and New York & Company launch the Eva Mendes for NY&C Spring 2014 collection with a pop-up shop at The Beverly Center on March 18, 2014 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Angela Weiss/Getty Images for New York & Company)
LOS ANGELES, CA - JANUARY 22: Russell Crowe, Jack Kilmer and Ryan Gosling are seen on the set of 'The Nice Guys' on January 22, 2015 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by TSM/Bauer-Griffin/GC Images)
NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 25: Eva Mendes attends Lucky Magazine's Two-Day East Coast FABB: Fashion and Beauty Blog Conference - Day 1 on October 25, 2013 in New York City. (Photo by Bryan Bedder/Getty Images for Lucky Magazine)
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LOS ANGELES - SEP 27: Ryan Gosling arrives to the "The Ides of March" Los Angeles Premiere on September 27,2011 in Beverly Hills, CA
Actress Eva Mendes poses on the red carpet as she arrives to attend the screening of the movie "La petit Mouchoirs" during the Rome Film Festival at Rome's Auditorium, Friday, Oct. 29, 2010. (AP Photo/Alessandra Tarantino)
Rachel McAdams and Ryan Gosling at the 12th Annual Critics' Choice Awards. Santa Monica Civic Auditorium, Santa Monica, CA. 01-12-07
CANNES, FRANCE - MAY 24: Sandra Bullock and Ryan Gosling attend the 'Murder by numbers' Premiere at the Grand Theatre Lumiere during the 55th Cannes film festival on May 24, 2002 in Cannes, France
Director Ryan Gosling poses during a photo call for Lost River at the 67th international film festival, Cannes, southern France, Tuesday, May 20, 2014. (AP Photo/Alastair Grant)
Ryan Gosling and Donna Gosling attend the LA premiere of "Gangster Squad" at Grauman's Chinese Theater on Monday, Jan. 7, 2013, in Los Angeles. (Photo by John Shearer/Invision/AP)
From left, actor Josh Brolin, actress Emma Stone, and actor Ryan Gosling from the cast of "Gangster Squad," pose for a portrait at the Four Seasons Hotel on Saturday, Dec. 15, 2012, in Beverly Hills, Calif. (Photo by John Shearer/Invision/AP)
Director, writer, and cast member George Clooney, right, and cast member Ryan Gosling pose together at the premiere of "The Ides of March", in Beverly Hills, Calif., Tuesday, Sept. 27, 2011. "The Ides of March" opens in theaters Oct. 7, 2011. (AP Photo/Matt Sayles)
Ryan Gosling and Emma Stone arrive at the "Crazy Stupid Love" premiere in New York, Tuesday, July 19, 2011. (AP Photo/Charles Sykes)
Steve Carell, left, and Ryan Gosling arrive at the "Crazy Stupid Love" premiere in New York, Tuesday, July 19, 2011. (AP Photo/Charles Sykes)
Director Ryan Gosling poses during a photo call for Lost River at the 67th international film festival, Cannes, southern France, Tuesday, May 20, 2014. (AP Photo/Alastair Grant)
BLACK AND WHITE VERSION Canadian actor Ryan Gosling poses as he arrives for the screening of the film 'Lost River' at the 67th edition of the Cannes Film Festival in Cannes, southern France, on May 20, 2014. AFP PHOTO / VALERY HACHE (Photo credit should read VALERY HACHE/AFP/Getty Images)
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