Kelly Ripa Turns 42: From Soap Star to 'Live with Kelly and Michael' Host, See Her Style Evolution (GALLERY)

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Happy birthday to the lovely Kelly Ripa, who turns 42 today!

The Live With Kelly and Michael host may be one of the best-dressed talk show hosts today -- but the peppy morning-show maven wasn't always so chic.

The mom of three -- with actor Mark Consuelos -- has definitely transformed her look since her soap star days on All My Children, ditching the bleached blonde Barbie locks and perma-tan for a sleek bob and designer duds. Although Ripa has two children and entered her 40s since joining the show, the muscular mother's body looks better than ever, too.

And Ripa's style has undergone an equally impressive transformation...

Ripa's chic quotient has risen along with her star-status over the years, and these day's she's one of daytime TV's most stylish stars.

Aside from swapping the peroxide for more natural-looking highlights, the blonde bombshell has gone from cheesy to chic in the style department, too.

Instead of the shiny, skimp soap-star dresses of her past, Ripa now shows off her fit figure in perfectly-tailored, feminine pieces, with curve-hugging pencil skirts, short printed frocks and floaty tops among her work-wear staples.

 

On weekends, Ripa switches to mommy mode, opting for casual but still put-together looks that are perfect for running errands and watching her kids' soccer games. The hot mama often shows off her sculpted stems in shorts, or in boot-cut jeans that flatter her petite frame.

Take a look through our gallery to see how Ripa has transformed from soap opera star to chic morning show maven.

 

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