Mandy Moore plays the mother to an unconventional set of triplets in This Is Us, NBC's new hit show that has gotten America talking from the get-go. The show opens with her sporting mom gear, a stark contrast to how we first got to know her as a teen pop star at the turn of the century. But whether she's in a yellow tank top or a canary Prabal Gurung gown, she's never lost her youthful glow.
Mandy was 15 when her debut single "Candy" was released in the summer of 1999. Her blonde hair, spaghetti straps, denim, and sparkles immediately lumped her into a category with Britney Spears, who had dropped ". . . Baby One More Time" the previous fall, and Jessica Simpson, who was emerging with her first efforts as well.
But Mandy did not want to be in anyone's shadow for very long, nor did she want to make bubblegum music. She even famously apologized for her first two albums, and said she wished she could offer refunds. Around that time, Mandy said bye bye to blonde and hello to brunette—and to designers like Oscar de la Renta, Peter Som and Ports 1961.
While others in her peer group have raced to show as much skin as possible, Mandy's done pretty much the opposite. But she sure loves being sparkly, whether in a flirty sequined Matthew Williamson minidress or a Swarovski-shouldered Lela Rose gown.
Designers like Band of Outsiders and 3.1 Phillip Lim have accentuated her femininity by draping her in more masculine cuts. She softens up the harder angles with her smile and poise.
Her bright and stunning Prabul Gurung dress and Jimmy Choo clutch at this year's Emmys shows where Mandy's at right now with her style: Fresh, yet sophisticated — a befitting look for a star of a new hit series.
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