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Kerry Washington Birthday: Actress Turns 35, Style Evolution (PHOTOS)

Huffington Post     First Posted: 01/30/2012 11:33 pm EST   Updated: 01/31/2012 7:04 am EST

When it comes to style stars, Kerry Washington is definitely one of the brightest.

The "For Colored Girls" actress dazzles us with her penchant for sequins, bold colors and head-turning silhouettes (having a phenomenal figure doesn't hurt either).

Washington, who is set to star in the upcoming ABC series "Scandal," is not only a fashion wearer--she's also a fashion lover. The Bronx native is often spotted perfectly perched front row at New York Fashion Week. And her admiration has definitely paid off.

The demure ensembles Washington wore when she first hit Hollywood have given way to daring looks that have landed her on countless best-dressed lists.

Here's a look at Washington's amazing style evolution as we wish her a very happy 35th birthday!

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  • 2004

    HOLLYWOOD - MARCH 6: Actress Kerry Washington attends the 35th Annual NAACP Image Awards at the Universal Amphitheatre March 6, 2004 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Frederick M. Brown/Getty Images)

  • 2004

    HOLLYWOOD, CA - AUGUST 9: Actor Kerry Washington arrives at the premiere of 'Mean Creek' held at the Arclight Cinemas on August 9, 2004 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images)

  • 2004

    BEVERLY HILLS, CA - OCTOBER 17: Actress Kerry Washington attends the 11th Annual Diversity Awards at The Beverly Hills Hotel on October 17, 2004 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Stephen Shugerman/Getty Images)

  • 2004

    NEW YORK - NOVEMBER 15: Kerry Washington arrives at the newly opened Oscar de la Renta Boutique on November 15, 2004 in New York City. (Photo by Brad Barket/ Getty Images)

  • 2004

    NEW YORK - DECEMBER 9: Actress Kerry Washington arrives at the premiere of 'The Sea Inside' at the UA Union Square Theater December 9, 2004 in New York City. (Photo by Scott Gries/Getty Images)

  • 2005

    HOLLYWOOD - APRIL 5: Actress Kerry Washington attends the premiere of Showtime's 'Reefer Madness' at the Regent Showcase Cinemas April 5, 2005 in Hollywood, California. The musical comedy is adapted from the legendary 1938 anti-marijuana propaganda film of the same name. (Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images)

  • 2005

    LOS ANGELES, CA - AUGUST 9: Actress Kerry Washington attends the 'Lucky Magazine Cover Girl Party' at the Chateau Marmont on August 9, 2005 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Mark Mainz/Getty Images)

  • 2005

    BEVERLY HILLS, CA - OCTOBER 24: Actress Kerry Washington arrives at the 9th Annual Hollywood Film Awards at the Beverly Hilton Hotel on October 24, 2005 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)

  • 2006

    LONDON - OCTOBER 18: Kerry Washington wearing a Marchesa dress arrives at the UK Premiere of 'The Last King Of Scotland' during the opening gala of The Times BFI London Film Festival, at the Odeon Leicester Square on October 19, 2006 in London, England. The film kicks off the annual film festival, which runs from October 19 to November 2. (Photo by Gareth Cattermole/Getty Images)

  • 2006

    HOLLYWOOD - NOVEMBER 07: Actress Kerry Washington arrives at the Premiere Lounge after party for 'The Dead Girl' during AFI FEST 2006 presented by Audi held at Sideways Restaurant & Lounge on November 7, 2006 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images)

  • 2007

    NEW YORK - APRIL 25: Actress Kerry Washington attends the opening night premiere of 'SOS' at the 2007 Tribeca Film Festival on April 25, 2007 in New York City. (Photo by Evan Agostini/Getty Images for Tribeca Film Festival)

  • 2007

    NEW YORK - MAY 1: Kerry Washington attends the opening night of the New York City Ballet's 'Romeo Juliet' on May 1, 2007 in New York City. (Photo by Andrew H. Walker/Getty Images)

  • 2007

    NEW YORK - NOVEMBER 27: Actress Kerry Washington attends the 17th Annual Gotham Awards presented by IFP (Independent Feature Project) at Steiner Studios November 27, 2007 in the Brooklyn Borough of New York City. (Photo by Bryan Bedder/Getty Images)

  • 2007

    NEW YORK - SEPTEMBER 19: Actor Kerry Washington attends the premiere of 'Trade' at the United Nations on September 19, 2007 in New York City. (Photo by Brad Barket/Getty Images)

  • 2007

    LOS ANGELES - MARCH 7: Actress Kerry Washington arrives at the premiere of Fox Searchlight Picture's 'I Think I Love My Wife' at the ArcLight Cinemas on March 7, 2007 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)

  • 2008

    LOS ANGELES - JANUARY 31: Actress Kerry Washington attends the CNN, LA Times, POLITICO Democratic Debate at the Kodak Theatre on January 31, 2008 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Stephen Shugerman/Getty Images for Turner) 15480_0133.jpg

  • 2008

    NEW YORK - FEBRUARY 14: Actress Kerry Washington attends V-Day's V to the Tenth: NYC - Kickoff to New Orleans at Hammerstein Ballroom on February 14, 2008 in New York City. (Photo by Scott Wintrow/Getty Images For V-Day)

  • 2008

    CANNES, FRANCE - MAY 23: Actress Kerry Washington arrives for the Synecdoche, New York premiere at the Palais des Festivals during the 61st International Cannes Film Festival on May 23, 2008 in Cannes, France. (Photo by Sean Gallup/Getty Images)

  • 2008

    CANNES, FRANCE - MAY 24: Actress Kerry Washington arrives at the 'Palermo Shooting' premiere at the Palais des Festivals during the 61st International Cannes Film Festival on May 24, 2008 in Cannes, France. (Photo by Gareth Cattermole/Getty Images)

  • 2009

    BEVERLY HILLS, CA - FEBRUARY 19: Actress Kerry Washington attends the 2nd Annual ESSENCE Black Women In Hollywood Luncheon at the Beverly Hills Hotel on February 19, 2009 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Frederick M. Brown/Getty Images)

  • 2009

    CANNES, FRANCE - MAY 24: Actress Kerry Washington attends the 'Coco Chanel & Igor Stravinsky' Premiere at the Grand Theatre Lumiere during the 62nd Annual Cannes Film Festival on May 24, 2009 in Cannes, France. (Photo by Francois Durand/Getty Images)

  • 2009

    SAN SEBASTIAN, SPAIN - SEPTEMBER 26: Actress Kerry Washington poses during a photo session at the Hotel Maria Crsitina to promote 'Mother and Child' during the 57th San Sebastian Film Festival on September 26, 2009 in San Sebastian, Spain. (Photo by Carlos Alvarez/Getty Images)

  • 2009

    NEW YORK - OCTOBER 05: Actress Kerry Washington attends the 2009 National Arts Awards at Cipriani 42nd Street on October 5, 2009 in New York City. (Photo by Andrew H. Walker/Getty Images)

  • 2009

    NEW YORK - OCTOBER 15: Actress Kerry Washington attends Keep A Child Alive�s 6th Annual Black Ball at Hammerstein Ballroom on October 15, 2009 in New York City. (Photo by Stephen Lovekin/Getty Images)

  • 2009

    NEW YORK - DECEMBER 06: Actress Kerry Washington attends the after party for the Broadway opening of 'Race' at Redeye Grill on December 6, 2009 in New York City. (Photo by Neilson Barnard/Getty Images)

  • 2010

    NEW YORK - MAY 03: Actress Kerry Washington attends the Costume Institute Gala Benefit to celebrate the opening of the 'American Woman: Fashioning a National Identity' exhibition at The Metropolitan Museum of Art on May 3, 2010 in New York City. (Photo by Stephen Lovekin/Getty Images)

  • 2010

    BEVERLY HILLS, CA - OCTOBER 18: Actress Kerry Washington arrives at ELLE's 17th Annual Women in Hollywood Tribute at The Four Seasons Hotel on October 18, 2010 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images)

  • 2010

    NEW YORK - OCTOBER 25: Kerry Washington attends the premiere of 'For Colored Girls' at Ziegfeld Theatre on October 25, 2010 in New York City. (Photo by Stephen Lovekin/Getty Images)

  • 2011

    NEW YORK, NY - JANUARY 10: Actress Kerry Washington attends the 2010 New York Film Critics Circle Awards at Crimson on January 10, 2011 in New York City. (Photo by Stephen Lovekin/Getty Images)

  • 2011

    BEVERLY HILLS, CA - FEBRUARY 24: Actress Kerry Washington attends the Fourth Annual ESSENCE Black Women in Hollywood Luncheon at the Beverly Hills Hotel on February 24, 2011 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Frederick M. Brown/Getty Images)

  • 2011

    SANTA MONICA, CA - FEBRUARY 26: Actress Kerry Washington arrives at the 2011 Film Independent Spirit Awards at Santa Monica Beach on February 26, 2011 in Santa Monica, California. (Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images)

  • 2011

    HOLLYWOOD, CA - MARCH 04: (EDITORS NOTE: For Editorial Use Only. NO ARCHIVE) Actress Kerry Washington attends Tyler Perry's First Annual Rise Above Celebration at Boulevard3 on March 4, 2011 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images For Tyler Perry Studios)

  • 2011

    LOS ANGELES, CA - JUNE 26: Actress Kerry Washington arrives at the BET Awards '11 held at the Shrine Auditorium on June 26, 2011 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Jason Merritt/Getty Images)

  • 2011

    HOLLYWOOD, CA - AUGUST 14: Actress Kerry Washington arrives at the 2011 VH1 Do Something Awards at the Hollywood Palladium on August 14, 2011 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images)

  • 2011

    NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 24: Actress Kerry Washington attends an evening with Ralph Lauren hosted by Oprah Winfrey and presented at Lincoln Center on October 24, 2011 in New York City. (Photo by Jamie McCarthy/Getty Images for Ralph Lauren)

  • 2011

    NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 03: Kerry Washington attends the 8th annual Keep A Child Alive Black Ball at the Hammerstein Ballroom on November 3, 2011 in New York City. (Photo by Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images)

  • 2011

    NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 07: Kerry Washington attends Glamour's 2011 Women of the Year Awards on November 7, 2011 in New York City. (Photo by Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images for Glamour Magazine)

  • 2011

    LOS ANGELES, CA - NOVEMBER 17:Actress Kerry Washington arrives at the 16th Annual GQ 'Men Of The Year' Party at Chateau Marmont on November 17, 2011 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images)

  • 2012

    PASADENA, CA - JANUARY 10: Actress Kerry Washington arrives to the Disney ABC Television Group's 'TCA Winter Press Tour' on January 10, 2012 in Pasadena, California. (Photo by Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images)

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