16 Pics of Dakota Johnson Before She Became Anastasia Steele

Michele Zipp | May 30, 2016 Movies
16 Pics of Dakota Johnson Before She Became Anastasia Steele
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Dakota Johnson is our Anastasia Steele and she plays the role to perfection. But there was a time when she was just known as Melanie Griffith and Don Johnson's daughter. These pics of Dakota before Fifty Shades of Grey came along really show how much she's transformed. Because of her famous parents, Dakota has been in the public eye since she was a kid ... and had blonde hair. It's inspiring to see her transformation, mostly because this girl has been stylish since birth. 

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We are obsessed with all things Fifty Shades of Grey, which means that we're OBSESSED with all things Dakota Johnson. We love her acting prowess, her fashionable choices, and especially we love how she's transformed to become one of the most glamorous Hollywood stars. Her red carpet style has completely transformed. From being a cute kid who came to premieres on the arm of her mom Melanie Griffith, to her awkward teenage years, to her days as a struggling actress, and now her full transformation into a Hollywood A-lister -- we can't get enough!

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Read on to see Dakota's full transformation from cute kid to glamorous grown-up. 

  • As a kid.


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    Take a look at Dakota when she was just 11 years old and going Christmas shopping with her beautiful mom, Melanie Griffith.

  • As a teenager.


    Image via Russ Einhorn/Splash News

    At 14, Dakota was going to Hollywood events because she was born into it. Here she is with her mom and sister honoring her grandmother Tippi Hedren on her Walk of Fame star.

  • With her stepdad.


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    When she was just a teen, Dakota got all dressed up for red carpet events with her parents -- mom Melanie and stepdad Antonio Banderas.

  • At 'Teen Vogue' parties.


    Image via Russ Einhorn/Splash News

    Mom makes a great date when you're a teen -- that's what Dakota demonstrated at this Teen Vogue party from 2004.

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  • At Golden Globes rehearsal.


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    Back in 2006, when Dakota was 17, she was Ms. Golden Globe. And here she is at rehearsal with her famous mom.

  • Typical teen.


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    Check out Dakota showing her natural roots -- blonde hair, that is.

  • Blonde bangs.


    Image via Russ Einhorn/Splash News

    The bangs are there, but the color is so light, making Dakota in 2008 almost unrecognizable as the Dakota we know now.

  • On set.


    Image via Doug Meszler/Splash News

    Dakota played a homeless woman in the indie flick Chloe & Theo that was filmed back in 2010.

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  • Little black dress.


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    Proving she always had a great sense of style, Dakota hits the red carpet with her equally fashionable mom back in 2008.

  • Model moment.


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    We can't help but wonder if back when she was modeling did Dakota have any thoughts about starring in the biggest BDSM movie there ever would be?

  • Who's that girl?


    Image via Jen Lowery/Splash News

    She may not have been very well-known back in 2011 (or only known as Melanie Griffith and Don Johnson's daughter), but there was no denying she had a star power all her own.

  • Always cool.


    Image via Pete Whittle/Splash News

    She's just always been the cool girl next door. Here's proof, showing Dakota with her mom and sister Stella.

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  • Boho babe.


    Image via David Aguilera/London Entertainment/Splash News

    Dakota is exhibiting that festival style while out with her mom back in 2007.

  • Making her own mark.


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    Dakota had a bit part in 21 Jump Street, the movie starring Channing Tatum and Jonah Hill. Here she is making her mark on the red carpet premiere of that film back in 2012.

  • At Coachella.


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    When she was 23, Dakota attended Coachella wearing this cool outfit. She's with ex Noah Gersh.

  • Mega blonde.


    Image via Johns PKI/Splash News

    The natural blonde looks stunning, and while her hairstyle is similar to Ana's, Dakota looks so different with such light hair.

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