Long before she was the envy of every girl in America and before she was our style muse, Eva Mendes was a Florida girl living in Los Angeles, not even considering a career in acting. After a talent manager saw her photo her career took off, leading to where she is now -- a successful model, esteemed actress and Ryan Gosling's girlfriend. Her full lips and killer curves easily make her one of the hottest stars in Hollywood, not to mention one of the best-dressed.
In this 2003 photo we see Eva looking as great as ever in a completely covered-up look (it just goes to show skin is not necessarily required when you're trying to amp up the sex appeal). Her turtleneck may just prove our theory wrong (maybe they do work on some ladies), while her pencil skirt and red pumps work to elongate her gams. This outfit is easily something we'd don today.
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