Nicole: Wild to ... Mild?

It's a total-life makeover: From her hair to her diet to her friends, see Richie's most dramatic changes. By Serena Kappes

HER CAREER

Then: As a celebrity model at the Joey and T fashion show in 2003, Richie flashed the audience. "I was excited and wanted to show everybody," she said of her newly pierced nipple.
Now: Richie (who's down from six piercings to one, in her ear) took to the runway again in New York City in September – without incident – plus, she's in a movie (Kids in America), has a book coming out in November (The Truth About Diamonds: A Novel) and is making an album. "She's got a great voice," says songwriter-producer Greg Kurstein.