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Melissa McCarthy's Style Evolution: From Sookie St. James To Stylish Star

08/26/2014 07:00 am ET

Like most celebrities, Melissa McCarthy wasn't the always the style star she is today.

When she first came into the spotlight, the Illinois-native wore denim jackets and black cardigans. Now, the hilarious actress wears bright prints, empire waist dresses and strappy, animal print heels.

In celebration of McCarthy's 44th birthday today (August 26), we are taking a look at just how much her red carpet looks have evolved since the beginning of her career. Though we'll always think of her as the adorable, headband-loving Sookie St. James, this leading lady has proven that even though she makes a living off her incredible sense of humor, her style is something to take very seriously.

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