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See Oprah Winfrey's style evolution

As Oprah Winfrey is honored with the Cecil B. Demille award, we take a look back at her evolution through the years.

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Oprah Winfrey - 1971

1971

Oprah Winfrey submitted this photo to the Nashville Fire Department as part of her entry into the Miss Fire Prevention competition in her hometown of Nashville. She won the competition.

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Oprah Winfrey Sighted at Tramp's

1986

Oprah Winfrey was spotted in a graphic sweatshirt and pleated skirt at a restaurant in Beverly Hills, California.

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The 14th Annual Daytime Emmy Awards

1987

Oprah Winfrey posed with her Daytime Emmy Award while wearing a striped red jacket.

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Winfrey

1988

Oprah Winfrey showed off her new figure to her audience in Chicago while wearing high-waisted jeans and a black turtleneck on her TV show. 

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Oprah Winfrey

1989

In true '80s fashion, Winfrey poses with spiked hair and a shoulder pad-filled suit.

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93rd Annual American Booksellers Association Convention - Day 4

1993

It wouldn't be the '90s without a menswear-inspired suit! Winfrey poses next to her book cover during the tour for her biography.

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Oprah Winfrey

1994

Oprah Winfrey holds her Emmy for outstanding talk show host in an elegant dress with a floral skirt in 1994.

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OPRAH WINFREY STEDMAN GRAHAM

1995

Oprah Winfrey poses with her partner Stedman Graham at the 1995 Essence Awards wearing a dramatic ballgown skirt. 

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OPRAH WINFREY

2001

Oprah Winfrey poses for photographers at a party celebrating the first anniversary of her "O" magazine. 

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Oprah Winfrey

2002

Oprah Winfrey arrives with Stedman Graham at the Emmy Awards in a cold-shoulder gown.

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12th Annual Broadcasting & Cable Magazine Hall of Fame Gala

2002

Winfrey stunned in head-to-toe black at the Broadcasting and Cable Magazine Hall of Fame Gala. 

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The Nelson Mandela Foundation's 46664 "Give 1 Minute to AIDS" concert

2003

Oprah Winfrey and Bono attend a gala dinner for The Nelson Mandela Foundation in Cape Town, South Africa. 

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Television host Oprah Winfrey arrives for the 76th annual Academy Awards Sunday, Feb. 29, 2004, in Los Angeles. Winfrey will be a presenter during the telecast.  (AP Photo/Chris Pizzello)

2004

Oprah Winfrey arrives for the Academy Awards in a cool blue gown. 

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WINFREY

2004

Oprah Winfrey speaks at the annual California Governor's Conference on Women and Families on Dec. 7, 2004. 

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30th Annual People's Choice Awards - Arrivals

2004

Oprah Winfrey attends the People's Choice Awards in a leather top, black skirt and boots. 

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5th Annual Directors Guild Of America Honors - Press Room

2004

Oprah Winfrey poses backstage at the Directors Guild Of America Honors in a ballerina pink dress.

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WINFREY

2005

Oprah Winfrey arrives at the premiere of "Their Eyes Were Watching God" in a white pantsuit. 

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Broadway Opening Of "The Color Purple" - Arrivals

2005

Oprah Winfrey attends the Broadway opening of "The Color Purple" in a sparkly bronze gown.

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WINFREY

2005

Arriving at the State Department for a dinner hosted by Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice in 2005, Winfrey wore an all-black dress with a deep-V neckline and black wrap.

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Oprah Winfrey Host The Legends Ball

2005

Red is her color! Oprah Winfrey attends the Legends Ball in a cherry red hue.  

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U.S. Dream Academy's 4th Annual Gala Fund-raiser

2005

Oprah Winfrey poses at the U.S. Dream Academy's Gala fundraiser in Washington, DC in an all-white jersey dress.

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Oprah Winfrey, Halle Berry

2005

Oprah Winfrey and actress Halle Berry pose at the Oscars red carpet in 2005.

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Oprah Winfrey

2006

In a flirty red cocktail dress, Oprah Winfrey attends the Hearst Tower inauguration in New York. 

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2007 Vanity Fair Oscar Party

2007

Oprah Winfrey arrives at the 2007 Vanity Fair Oscar party in a boho-chic dress. 

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Oprah Winfrey, Oscar de la Renta

2010

Oprah Winfrey arrives with Oscar de la Renta arrive at the Met Gala in a navy blue gown of his design.

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Oprah Winfrey

2010

Oprah Winfrey greets the audience during "The Oprah Winfrey Show" live in a white top and pink skirt. 

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2010 Kennedy Center Honors

2010

While Winfrey usually likes to wear ballgown style dresses, she chose a slinky beaded gown for the 2010 Kennedy Center Honors in 2010.

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Oprah Winfrey Visits Australia - Day 4

2010

Oprah Winfrey arrives at The Royal Botanic Gardens for a garden party in Sydney, Australia. 

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OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network's 2011 TCA Winter Press Tour Cocktail Party - Arrivals

2011

Oprah Winfrey arrives at OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network's 2011 TCA Winter Press Tour Cocktail Party wearing a belted jacket tunic and black pants. 

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Lincoln Center Presents: An Evening With Ralph Lauren Hosted By Oprah Winfrey - Inside

2011

In an off-the-shoulder gown, Oprah Winfrey poses with Ralph Lauren at Lincoln Center in New York City.

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6th Annual ESSENCE Black Women In Hollywood Awards Luncheon - Arrivals

2013

It was all business in this black-and-white look as Oprah Winfrey attends the Essence Black Women In Hollywood Awards Luncheon in 2013. 

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Premiere Of The Weinstein Company's "Lee Daniels' The Butler" - Red Carpet

2013

In a hot pink dress, Winfrey attends the premiere of "Lee Daniels' The Butler" in Los Angeles. 

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20th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards - Arrivals

Oprah Winfrey is not afraid to wear color as she wears this perfect purple to the Screen Actors Guild Awards in 2014. 

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EE British Academy Film Awards 2014 - Red Carpet Arrivals

2014

Swathed in burgundy, Oprah Winfrey attends the EE British Academy Film Awards in London.

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The Legends Who Paved The Way Gala - Special Screening Of Paramount Pictures' "SELMA" - Arrivals

2014

Lovely in lavender! Oprah Winfrey attends the "Selma" and the Legends Who Paved the Way Gala in Goleta, California. 

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87th Annual Academy Awards - Arrivals

2015

Oprah Winfrey attends the Academy Awards in this beautifully beige number.

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Tribeca Tune In: Greenleaf

2016

Oprah Winfrey attends the Tribeca Tune In: Greenleaf in a sleek ponytail and her signature black glasses.

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"The Immortal Life Of Henrietta Lacks" New York Premiere - Arrivals

2017

In a military-style jacket, Winfrey attends "The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks" premiere in New York City.

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Disney's D23 EXPO 2017

2017

As one of the movie's stars, Winfrey arrives at a premiere of "A Wrinkle in Time" in Anaheim, California.

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