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Rare Childhood Photos Shed New Light on Kristen Doute's Past

But The Valley cast member still flashes the same smile she had as a kid.

By Casey Suglia

Kristen Doute has come a long way since Season 1 of Vanderpump Rules.

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When the show premiered in 2013, she was an aspiring actress, working as a server at Lisa Vanderpump's restaurant SUR, dating bartender Tom Sandoval, and navigating her relationships with her coworkers and closest friends. 

Today, she's appearing on The Valley alongside her boyfriend, Luke Broderick, as they juggle starting a family, caring for their three dogs, running multiple businesses, and figuring out what state they want to call home. 

But before all of that, Kristen was just a girl growing up in Michigan with big dreams for her future.

These photos from her childhood and before she joined the cast of Vanderpump Rules give you a look at her life before cameras were there to capture it all. 

Photos of Kristen Doute as a child

Kristen Doute plays with a cabbage patch doll as a young girl.

Kristen was born on February 17, 1983 in Dearborn, Michigan — probably with a smile on her face. Her mother is Faye Doute, and viewers met her in Season 7 of Vanderpump Rules.

Kristen Doute smiles as a young girl.

Kristen first moved out to LA to become an actress, and her top roles (according to IMDb) include Behind Your Eyes (2011), 23 Minutes to Sunrise (2012), and Blood on Canvas (2013), to name a few.

Kristen Doute smiles on a swing.

Look at Kristen's bangs and acid washed jeans. She was 80's trends personified.

Kristen Doute blows bubbles at a dog.

Kristen has clearly been a dog-lover all her life, and the three seen in The Valley are just her latest.

Kristen Doute wears a life jacket at a lake.

When times get tough, Kristen knows how to stay afloat — just like how a life preserver works.

Although Kristen got fired from SUR in 2015, she didn't go on a rampage or freak out. Instead, she expressed her gratitude for Lisa Vanderpump in an interview with E! News

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"It's nice to put my energy into positive things rather than going into SUR and dealing with all that negative energy," Kristen said at the time. "So really, I have to thank Lisa."

Kristen Doute wears a flower in her hair and smiles.

Kristen's hair styles have been pretty iconic over the years, but not much can top this bright yellow flower in her hair. 

Kristen Doute waves the American flag.

Kristen shows off her patriotism in this sweet nostalgic photo.

Kristen Doute smiles at school.

Kristen wears that bob well in this undated photo of her at school.

Photos of a Young Kristen Doute as a Teenager

Kristen Doute wears a butterfly top and denim shorts while standing at the beach.

Kristen's style has changed throughout the years — from owning the 90's trends, to sporting some fierce clothes.

But, Kristen isn't going to apologize for how her look has changed.

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"I've gained weight. I'm 40," Kristen said in an Instagram story posted to her account in May 2023. "You haven't seen me on TV in over three years. That's what I look like. That's just what my face looks like."

Kristen Doute sits at a table making a gingerbread house.

Kristen often showcases her Christmas decor on her Instagram account, and this photo of her as a teen suggests she was always an enthusiast for the holiday.

Kristen Doute sits on a wicker chair.

Kristen has settled down in the Valley but before that, she was just a girl sitting on a wicker throne in Michigan.

Kristen Doute wearing roller hockey gear as a young girl.

Although she might have gone on to pursue more creative outlets as an adult, Kristen was once a sporty gal, as evidenced by this photo of her dressed up in roller hockey gear.

Kristen Doute at High School Graduation

Kristen Doute in a cap and gown at graduation.

Kristen graduated from high school before moving to Los Angeles to pursue her acting dreams instead of going to college. During her time in high school, Kristen was on the cheerleading squad, according to Radar Online, and was voted runner-up for "Best Actress" in her high school yearbook during her senior year. 

In 2018, Kristen told Style and Living that she had one important piece of advice for her 18-year-old self: "Don't wax your eyebrows."

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