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Taylor Swift may have started her career as a country music sweetheart, but over the years, everything has changed

Earlier this week, it was announced that Swift is set to star in the movie-musical adaptation of “Cats,” which seems fitting, considering how much she loves her feline friends. Now her foray into films (“Valentine’s Day” doesn’t count) will launch yet another phase of the singer’s ever-evolving style. 

When Swift first gained popularity around 2006, she had a penchant for pairing cowboy boots with dresses. Then, came the “Love Story” days of princess-like gowns on the red carpet, followed by a whole lot of sequins and the era of her “red lip classic thing that you like.” Around 2011, the “Delicate” singer was a little more experimental with her style, trying out structured separates and dresses with a sexier edge.

In 2012 (the year she officially began her transition into pop music with “Red”), she landed her first (of many) Vogue covers, on which she debuted a sleek new hairstyle, complete with Anna Wintour-esque fringe. The magazine called it “a cool new look for America’s sweetheart.”

Since then, Swift has continued to experiment with style (and beauty ― remember her bleached locks?), but she still has a soft spot for sparkly things. Oh, and she loves her some short shorts.

Until we get to see her channeling Meredith Gray and Olivia Benson (her cats, not the TV characters) take a look back at the star’s stunning transformation through the years, from country darling to bona fide pop superstar:

  • 2006
    At the Academy of Country Music Awards on May 23, 2006, in Las Vegas.
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    At the Academy of Country Music Awards on May 23, 2006, in Las Vegas.

  • 2006
    At the 40th Annual CMA Awards in Nashville. 
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    At the 40th Annual CMA Awards in Nashville. 

  • 2007
    At the 2007 CMT Music Awards in Nashville. 
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    At the 2007 CMT Music Awards in Nashville. 

  • 2007
    At the Academy of Country Music New Artists' Party for a Cause on May 14, 2007, in Las Vegas.
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    At the Academy of Country Music New Artists’ Party for a Cause on May 14, 2007, in Las Vegas.

  • 2007
    At the 41st Annual CMA Awards on Nov. 7, 2007, in Nashville.
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    At the 41st Annual CMA Awards on Nov. 7, 2007, in Nashville.

  • 2008
    At the 50th Annual Grammy Awards on  Feb. 10, 2008, in Los Angeles.
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    At the 50th Annual Grammy Awards on  Feb. 10, 2008, in Los Angeles.

  • 2008
    At the 2008 MTV Video Music Awards on Sept. 7, 2008.
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    At the 2008 MTV Video Music Awards on Sept. 7, 2008.

  • 2008
    Performing during the 42nd Annual CMA Awards on Nov. 12, 2008, in Nashville.
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    Performing during the 42nd Annual CMA Awards on Nov. 12, 2008, in Nashville.

  • 2008
    At the 42nd Annual CMA Awards on Nov. 12, 2008, in Nashville.
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    At the 42nd Annual CMA Awards on Nov. 12, 2008, in Nashville.

  • 2008
    At the 2008 American Music Awards held at Nokia Theatre L.A. LIVE on Nov. 23, 2008 in Los Angeles.
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    At the 2008 American Music Awards held at Nokia Theatre L.A. LIVE on Nov. 23, 2008 in Los Angeles.

  • 2009
    At the 51st Annual Grammy Awards on Feb. 8, 2009, in Los Angeles.
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    At the 51st Annual Grammy Awards on Feb. 8, 2009, in Los Angeles.

  • 2009
    At the 44th annual Academy of Country Music Awards on April 5, 2009, in Las Vegas.
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    At the 44th annual Academy of Country Music Awards on April 5, 2009, in Las Vegas.

  • 2009
    Performing on NBC's
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    Performing on NBC’s “Today” on May 29, 2009, in New York City.

  • 2009
    At the 2009 CMT Music Awards on June 16, 2009, in Nashville.
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    At the 2009 CMT Music Awards on June 16, 2009, in Nashville.

  • 2009
    At the 2009 MTV Video Music Awards at the Radio City Music Hall in New York City. 
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    At the 2009 MTV Video Music Awards at the Radio City Music Hall in New York City. 

  • 2010
    At the 2010 American Music Awards on Nov. 21, 2010, in Los Angeles.
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    At the 2010 American Music Awards on Nov. 21, 2010, in Los Angeles.

  • 2010
    At the Los Angeles premiere of
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    At the Los Angeles premiere of “Easy A” held at the Grauman’s Chinese Theatre, Sept. 13, 2010.

  • 2010
    At the Roberto Cavalli fashion show on Sept. 27, 2010, in Milan.
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    At the Roberto Cavalli fashion show on Sept. 27, 2010, in Milan.

  • 2010
    Onstage prior to her live performance for JetBlue Airways at JFK Airport on Oct. 27, 2010 in New York City. 
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    Onstage prior to her live performance for JetBlue Airways at JFK Airport on Oct. 27, 2010 in New York City. 

  • 2010
    At a dinner for Roberto Cavalli's 40th anniversary on Sept. 29, 2010 at the Ecole des Beaux-Arts in Paris. 
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    At a dinner for Roberto Cavalli’s 40th anniversary on Sept. 29, 2010 at the Ecole des Beaux-Arts in Paris. 

  • 2011
    At the Wonderstruck fragrance launch on Oct. 28, 2011. 
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    At the Wonderstruck fragrance launch on Oct. 28, 2011. 

  • 2011
    At the annual Nashville Symphony Ball on Dec. 10, 2011, in Nashville.
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    At the annual Nashville Symphony Ball on Dec. 10, 2011, in Nashville.

  • 2012
    At the 2012 MTV Video Music Awards on Sept. 6, 2012, in Los Angeles.
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    At the 2012 MTV Video Music Awards on Sept. 6, 2012, in Los Angeles.

  • 2012
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    At “The Tonight Show With Jay Leno” on Feb. 20, 2012. 

  • 2012
    At the 47th Annual Academy Of Country Music Awards on April 1, 2012, in Las Vegas.
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    At the 47th Annual Academy Of Country Music Awards on April 1, 2012, in Las Vegas.

  • 2013
    At the Brit Awards on Feb. 20, 2013, in London, England.
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    At the Brit Awards on Feb. 20, 2013, in London, England.

  • 2013
    At the 2013 Billboard Music Awards on May 19, 2013, in Las Vegas.
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    At the 2013 Billboard Music Awards on May 19, 2013, in Las Vegas.

  • 2013
    At the 70th Annual Golden Globe Awards on Jan.13, 2013, in Beverly Hills.
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    At the 70th Annual Golden Globe Awards on Jan.13, 2013, in Beverly Hills.

  • 2013
    At the 2013 MTV Video Music Awards on Aug. 25, 2013, in New York City.
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    At the 2013 MTV Video Music Awards on Aug. 25, 2013, in New York City.

  • 2014
    At the 71st Annual Golden Globe Awards held at the Beverly Hilton Hotel on Jan. 12, 2014.
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    At the 71st Annual Golden Globe Awards held at the Beverly Hilton Hotel on Jan. 12, 2014.