Paris Hilton's complete style transformation: From crop tops to sophisticated gowns

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Paris Hilton, a socialite turned model, reality star, social media queen and even DJ, has come a long way since her "Simple Life" days. The 36-year-old skyrocketed to fame from her reality show "The Simple Life" that she starred in alongside best friend Nicole Richie.

But a lot has changed since then, including Paris' fashion. During her early red carpet days, skin -- and a lot of it -- was the obvious theme of the blonde beauty's many ensembles. It's safe to say Paris rocked crop tops way before it became a trend. Outfits with risqué cutouts, short hemlines and plunging necklines were among Paris' favorites. 

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Paris Hilton arrives at the Emanuel Ungaro 35th anniversary fashion party extravaganza at the Armory in New York City. 9/5/2001. Photo: Evan Agostini/ImageDirect
Paris Hilton during Nintendo Game Cube Premiere Party, 2001 at Private Club in Hollywood, California. (Photo by SGranitz/WireImage)
LOS ANGELES - NOVEMBER 30: Paris Hilton arrives at the 'Fashionistas' By Christine Peters Book Party November 30, 2004, in Los Angeles. (Photo by John Hayes/Getty Images)
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Paris Hilton during 'Enough' New York City Premiere - After Party at Roseland in New York City, New York, United States. (Photo by Theo Wargo/WireImage)
Paris Hilton arrive for the 2002 MTV Video Music Awards at Radio City Music Hall in New York City, August 29, 2002. Photo by Evan Agostini/ImageDirect.
HOLLYWOOD, CA - JANUARY 9: Model Paris Hilton attends the 'Sony Ericsson's Hollywood Premiere Party 2003' at The Palace on January 9, 2003 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Jon Kopaloff/Getty Images)
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Paris Hilton during White Lotus Grand Opening at White Lotus in Hollywood, California, United States. (Photo by Jean-Paul Aussenard/WireImage)
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Paris Hilton during Designer Jeremy Scott And Special Guest Christina Aguilera have The Passion For Fashion at The Palace in Hollywood, California, United States. (Photo by SGranitz/WireImage)
Socialite Paris Hilton arriving at The Shrine Auditorium, Los Angeles for the MTV Movie Awards. (Photo by Ian West - PA Images/PA Images via Getty Images)
HOLLYWOOD - JUNE 5: Model Paris Hilton attends FHM's 'Sexiest Party of the Year' at Raleigh Studios on June 5, 2003 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Robert Mora/Getty Images)
Paris Hilton during 2004 Vanity Fair Oscar Party - Arrivals at Mortons in Beverly Hills, California, United States. (Photo by Terry McGinnis/WireImage)
Paris Hilton during MTV Movie Awards 2004 - Arrivals at Sony Pictures Studios in Culver City, California, United States. (Photo by SGranitz/WireImage)
Paris Hilton during Maxim Magazine Hot 100 Party in Celebration of the Grand Opening of Body English, In the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino - Red Carpet at Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas, Nevada, United States. (Photo by J.Sciulli/WireImage for Bragman Nyman Cafarelli)
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HOLLYWOOD - OCTOBER 19: Model Paris Hilton arrives at the launch of Marciano hosted by Vanity Fair on October 19, 2004 at Dolce in Hollywood, California. The evening was a benefit for Best Friends Animal Society, a nonprofit organization dedicated to creating a world without homeless pets. (Photo by Amanda Edwards/Getty Images)
Paris Hilton during Mercedes-Benz Spring 2005 L.A. Fashion Week at Smashbox Studios - Cadillac Presents Rock & Republic Spring 2005 Fashion Show - Arrivals at Culver Studios in Culver City, California, United States. (Photo by Gregg DeGuire/WireImage)
NEW YORK - NOVEMBER 21: (NY DAILY NEWS AND NEWSDAY OUT) TV personality Paris Hilton attends a welcome home party from a month long trip on the road of Simple Life 3: Interns on November 21, 2004 in New York City. (Photo by Peter Kramer/Getty Images)
Paris Hilton during VH1 Big in '04 - Arrivals at Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles, California, United States. (Photo by SGranitz/WireImage)
Paris Hilton during 2005 Fox's 'White Hot Winter' at Meson G Restaurant in Hollywood, California, United States. (Photo by Jon Kopaloff/FilmMagic)
Paris Hilton during Paris Hilton Fragrance Launch - February 9, 2005 at Duvet in New York City, New York, United States. (Photo by Dimitrios Kambouris/WireImage for Harrison & Shriftman)
Paris Hilton wearing jewelry by Chopard during 13th Annual Elton John AIDS Foundation Oscar Party Co-hosted by Chopard - Red Carpet at Pacific Design Center in West Hollywood, California, United States. (Photo by Jamie McCarthy/WireImage)
CENTURY CITY, CA - APRIL 24: Paris Hilton arrives at the 22nd Annual Race To Erase MS - Arrivals at the Hyatt Regency Century Plaza on April 24, 2015 in Century City, California. (Photo by Steve Granitz/WireImage)
LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM - MAY 14: Paris Hilton attends the FiFi UK Fragrance Awards at The Brewery on May 14, 2015 in London, England. PHOTOGRAPH BY Paul Treadway / Barcroft Media (Photo credit should read Paul Treadway / Barcroft Media via Getty Images)
Paris Hilton during Guess? Hosts a Party for Paris Hilton's Book 'Confessions Of An Heiress' - Arrivals at Lot 61 in New York City, New York, United States. (Photo by Jamie McCarthy/WireImage)
Paris Hilton during US Weekly's Young Hollywood Hot 20 - September 16, 2005 at LAX in Hollywood, California, United States. (Photo by Jon Kopaloff/FilmMagic)
Paris Hilton during Teen Vogue Celebrates 'Young Hollywood Issue' - Arrivals at Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel in Hollywood, California, United States. (Photo by Gregg DeGuire/WireImage)
Paris Hilton during Paris Hilton Celebrates the Launch of Her New Just Me Perfume in Miami at Macy's Store in Miami, Florida, United States. (Photo by Rodrigo Varela/WireImage)
Paris Hilton at the Earls Court in London, United Kingdom. (Photo by Tim Whitby/WireImage)
Paris Hilton during Paris Hilton Makes Appearance at Gameloft's Booth at E3 at Los Angeles Convention Center in Los Angeles, California, United States. (Photo by M. Phillips/WireImage for Bender Helper Impact)
Paris Hilton during Teen Vogue Celebrates 'Young Hollywood Issue' - Arrivals at Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel in Hollywood, California, United States. (Photo by Gregg DeGuire/WireImage)
WEST HOLLYWOOD, CA - DECEMBER 08: Paris Hilton attends the Nicholai By Nicky Hilton jewelry event hosted by Nicky Hilton at Live! On Sunset on December 8, 2011 in West Hollywood, California. (Photo by Allen Berezovsky/WireImage)
PARK CITY, UT - JANUARY 20: TV personality Paris Hilton attends T-Mobile presents Google Music at TAO, a nightlife event at the Sundance Film Festival, at T-Mobile Google Music Village at The Lift on January 20, 2012 in Park City, Utah (Photo by Neilson Barnard/Getty Images for T-Mobile)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - FEBRUARY 09: Socialite Paris Hilton arrives at will.i.am of the Black Eyed Peas' First Annual TRANS4M i.am.angel Pre-GRAMMY event to benefit the neighborhood of Boyle Heights, Los Angeles at Hollywood Palladium on February 9, 2012 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Michael Tullberg/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - OCTOBER 02: Paris Hilton arrives at the premiere of Open Road Films' 'Machete Kills' at Regal Cinemas L.A. Live on October 2, 2013 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Jason Merritt/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - OCTOBER 01: Paris Hilton poses for SKEE Live at The Conga Room at L.A. Live on October 1, 2013 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Tiffany Rose/WireImage)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - OCTOBER 08: Paris Hilton attends the single release party for her single 'Good Time' at Crate Nightclub on October 8, 2013 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by JB Lacroix/WireImage)
NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 09: Paris Hilton attends the Opening Ceremony Spring/Summer 2013 Fashion Week Party at Webster Hall on September 9, 2012 in New York City. (Photo by Alli Harvey/Getty Images)
MIAMI BEACH, FL - DECEMBER 07: Paris Hilton attends a party as Moncler Celebrates Its 60th Anniversary At Art Basel Miami Beach on December 7, 2012 in Miami Beach, Florida. (Photo by Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images for Moncler)
LOS ANGELES, CA - JANUARY 09: Paris Hilton arrives at the 2013 People's Choice Awards at Nokia Theatre L.A. Live on January 9, 2013 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Jon Kopaloff/FilmMagic)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - FEBRUARY 07: Socialite Paris Hilton attends the 2nd Annual will.i.am TRANS4M Boyle Heights benefit concert at Avalon on February 7, 2013 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by David Livingston/Getty Images)
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - JANUARY 15: Paris Hilton arrives at the Weinstein Company's 2012 Golden Globe afterparty held at Bar 210 at The Beverly Hilton hotel on January 15, 2012 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Michael Tran/FilmMagic)
LAS VEGAS, NV - JANUARY 27: Paris Hilton arrives at the 1 OAK Las Vegas grand opening at The Mirage Hotel & Casino on January 27, 2012 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by David Becker/WireImage)
UNIVERSAL CITY, CA - JUNE 03: Paris Hilton arrives at the 2012 MTV Movie Awards held at Gibson Amphitheatre on June 3, 2012 in Universal City, California. (Photo by Jeff Kravitz/FilmMagic)
NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 10: Paris Hilton attends the Alon Livne show during Spring 2014 Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week at The Studio at Lincoln Center on September 10, 2013 in New York City. (Photo by Michael Stewart/WireImage)
NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 25: Paris Hilton attends Paris Hilton's 'Good Time' Single Release Party at Marquee on September 25, 2013 in New York City. (Photo by Rob Kim/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - OCTOBER 02: Paris Hilton arrives at the 'Machete Kills' - Los Angeles Premiere at Regal Cinemas L.A. Live on October 2, 2013 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Steve Granitz/WireImage)
INDIO, CA - APRIL 11: Paris Hilton attends Samsung Galaxy Owners Lounge at Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival 2014 on April 13, 2014 in Indio, California. (Photo by Jesse Grant/Getty Images for Samsung)
CANNES, FRANCE - MAY 16: Paris Hilton performs during the VIP Room JW Marriott : Day 3 Paris Hilton DJ Set - The 67th Annual Cannes Film Festival on May 16, 2014 in Cannes, France. (Photo by Foc Kan/FilmMagic)
CANNES, FRANCE - MAY 18: Paris Hilton attends 'The Rover' Premiere at the 67th Annual Cannes Film Festival on May 18, 2014 in Cannes, France. (Photo by Mike Marsland/WireImage)
CAP D'ANTIBES, FRANCE - MAY 22: Paris Hilton attends amfAR's 21st Cinema Against AIDS Gala Presented By WORLDVIEW, BOLD FILMS, And BVLGARI at Hotel du Cap-Eden-Roc on May 22, 2014 in Cap d'Antibes, France. (Photo by Dominique Charriau/WireImage)
LOS ANGELES, CA - JUNE 29: Paris Hilton attends the BET AWARDS '14 at Nokia Theatre L.A. LIVE on June 29, 2014 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Earl Gibson III/Getty Images for BET)
WEST HOLLYWOOD, CA - JULY 10: Paris Hilton attends her new single 'Come Alive' release party held at 1Oak L.A on July 10, 2014 in West Hollywood, California. (Photo by JB Lacroix/WireImage)
MEXICO CITY, MEXICO - JULY 23: Paris Hilton attends Stars The extensions Experts Salon 15th anniversary at Foro Masaryk on July 23, 2014 in Mexico City, Mexico. (Photo by Victor Chavez/WireImage)
NEW YORK, NY - FEBRUARY 13: Paris Hilton attends the Charlotte Ronson Fall 2015 presentation at The Pavilion at Lincoln Center on February 13, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by Taylor Hill/FilmMagic)
NEW YORK, NY - FEBRUARY 12: Paris Hilton attends the Gabriela Cadena fashion show during Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Fall 2015 at One World Trade Center on February 12, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by Wendell Teodoro/WireImage)
NEW YORK, NY - FEBRUARY 14: Paris Hilton is seen around Lincoln Center - Day 3 - Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Fall 2015 at Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts on February 14, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by Gustavo Caballero/Getty Images)
MIAMI BEACH, FL - MARCH 23: Paris Hilton poses at Cavalli Miami on March 23, 2015 in Miami Beach, Florida. (Photo by Thaddaeus McAdams/FilmMagic)
CENTURY CITY, CA - APRIL 24: Paris Hilton arrives at the 22nd Annual Race To Erase MS at the Hyatt Regency Century Plaza on April 24, 2015 in Century City, California.(Photo by Jeffrey Mayer/WireImage)
NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 27: Paris Hilton attends DuJour Magazine's April Cover Celebration at PHD at the Dream Downtown on April 27, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by Michael Stewart/WireImage)
NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 15: Paris Hilton attends Alice + Olivia By Stacey Bendet Spring 2016 during New York Fashion Week: The Shows at The Gallery, Skylight at Clarkson Sq on September 15, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by Rob Kim/Getty Images for Alice + Olivia)
SHANGHAI, CHINA - OCTOBER 13: (CHINA OUT) American socialite and model Paris Hilton attends the Ports 1961 presentation during the Spring and Summer 2016 Shanghai Fashion Week at Shanghai Exhibition Center on October 13, 2015 in Shanghai, China. (Photo by VCG/VCG via Getty Images)
ATLANTIC CITY, NEW JERSEY - APRIL 02: Paris Hilton is DJ Host at Harrah's Pool After Dark on April 2, 2016 in Atlantic City, United States. (Photo by Donald Kravitz/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - MAY 04: Paris Hilton attends the New York City Ballet's Spring Gala on May 04, 2016 in New York, New York. (Photo by Andrew Toth/FilmMagic)
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - MAY 12: Paris Hilton attends the AltaMed Power Up, We Are The Future Gala at the Beverly Wilshire Four Seasons Hotel on May 12, 2016 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Michael Kovac/Getty Images for AltaMed)
CAP D'ANTIBES, FRANCE - MAY 19: Paris Hilton attends the amfAR's 23rd Cinema Against AIDS Gala at Hotel du Cap-Eden-Roc on May 19, 2016 in Cap d'Antibes, France. (Photo by Venturelli/WireImage)
NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 13: Paris Hilton, with Paris Hilton Gold Rush Eau de Parfum, attends the BELLA New York September/October 2016 Cover Launch Party at Bagatelle on September 13, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Mark Sagliocco/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - OCTOBER 27: Paris Hilton attends amfAR's Inspiration Gala Los Angeles at Milk Studios on October 27, 2016 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by David Crotty/Patrick McMullan via Getty Images)
NEW YORK - FEBRUARY 08: Paris Hilton arrives at the AmFAR New York Gala on February 08, 2017 in New York, New York. (Photo by Josiah Kamau/BuzzFoto via Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - FEBRUARY 14: Paris Hilton poses backstage for the Chiara Boni La Petite Robe collection during, New York Fashion Week: The Shows at Gallery 3, Skylight Clarkson Sq on February 14, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Nicholas Hunt/Getty Images for New York Fashion Week: The Shows)
LOS ANGELES, CA - APRIL 04: (L-R) Paris Hilton attends the premiere of HBO's 'The Leftovers' Season 3 at Avalon Hollywood on April 4, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Barry King/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - APRIL 29: Paris Hilton attends the MOCA Gala 2017 on April 29, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by JB Lacroix/WireImage)
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - MAY 05: Paris Hilton attends the 24th Annual Race To Erase MS Gala on May 05, 2017 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by JB Lacroix/WireImage)
CAP D'ANTIBES, FRANCE - MAY 25: Paris Hilton arrives at the amfAR Gala Cannes 2017 at Hotel du Cap-Eden-Roc on May 25, 2017 in Cap d'Antibes, France. (Photo by Venturelli/WireImage for amfAR)
LOS ANGELES, CA - JUNE 12: TV personality Paris Hilton arrives at the U.S. Premiere of 'The Beguiled' at Directors Guild of America on June 12, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Axelle/Bauer-Griffin/FilmMagic)
NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 08: Paris Hilton attends Harper's BAZAAR Celebration of 'ICONS By Carine Roitfeld' at The Plaza Hotel presented by Infor, Laura Mercier, Stella Artois, FUJIFILM and SWAROVSKI on September 8, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images for Harper's BAZAAR)
NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 11: Model Paris Hilton (L) and actor Chris Zylka attend Annual Charity Day hosted by Cantor Fitzgerald, BGC and GFI at BGC Partners, INC on September 11, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Robin Marchant/Getty Images for Cantor Fitzgerald)
LOS ANGELES, CA - SEPTEMBER 21: Businesswoman Paris Hilton attends the premiere of Alex Israel's 'SPF-18' at University High School on September 21, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by David Livingston/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - OCTOBER 11: Model-actress-TV personality Paris Hilton arrives at the Premiere Of YouTube's 'Demi Lovato: Simply Complicated' at the Fonda Theatre on October 11, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Jeffrey Mayer/WireImage)
LOS ANGELES, CA - OCTOBER 24: Paris Hilton attends the PAPER Magazine Runway Benefit For Make-A-Wish Foundation at The Taglyan Complex on October 24, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Amy Graves/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - OCTOBER 24: Paris Hilton attends the PAPER Magazine Runway Benefit For Make-A-Wish Foundation at The Taglyan Complex on October 24, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Amy Graves/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 26: Event DJ Paris Hilton attends the 2017 FGI Night Of Stars Modern Voices gala at Cipriani Wall Street on October 26, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Gary Gershoff/WireImage)
NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 28: Paris Hilton attends the 2017 amfAR & The Naked Heart Foundation Fabulous Fund Fair at Skylight Clarkson Sq on October 28, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Nicholas Hunt/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - OCTOBER 31: Paris Hilton at treats! Magazine's 7th Halloween Party in Partnership with Rolls-Royce Black Badge, Absolut Elyx, & Perrier Jouet on October 31, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Gabriel Olsen/Getty Images for Treats Magazine )
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Through the year's the daughter of Kathy and Rick Hilton has transformed style aesthetic, opting for looks that lean towards the more conservative side -- but never without a sexy twist to her outfits. 

Paris recently hit a red carpet in a pastel blue lace dress that hit well below her knees, but the nude underlay gave a sexy, see-through illusion. She added a glamorous touch to the number with a fur shawl of the same hue. 

Earlier in the year, Paris hit the red carpet for the amfAR Cannes Gala in what may be one of her most stunning looks ever. The socialite dazzled in a beaded, metallic gown with a cutout neckline and a subtle slit on the leg. 

For more on Paris' red carpet style transformation, click through the slideshow above. 

 

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