By Meghan Blalock
Dec 18, 2012 @ 10:15 am
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Katie Holmes has come a long way from her days as Joey Potter on Dawson's Creek, now playing mother to little one Suri while also firming up her place as a worldwide style icon and fashion designer. The actress turns 34 today, and we're taking a look back at how she's grown up over the years. From her 1997 breakout role opposite James van der Beek to her role as a red carpet fixture, we've taken notes the whole way! See Katie's transformation in the gallery.

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