It’s been almost a decade since Julianne Hough teamed up with Olympic speed skater Apolo Ohno to win season four of Dancing with the Stars, but you wouldn’t know it by looking at her. This week, Hough told People that when she looks back at photos and videos from that time in her life, she notices something strange about her 18-year-old self. “I think I look older than I do now. I’ve definitely gone for a ‘less is more’ standpoint [today]. I cut back on hair and makeup and all that stuff. As far as beauty goes, my philosophy is starting from the inside out. Being happy, having a positive attitude, drinking tons of water—happy girls are the prettiest girls.”

The dancer, singer and actress says she plans to stick with the more natural look. “Maybe I’m just 28 and want to stay young, so I’m not wearing any makeup because it makes me look older. Maybe it’s because I feel like I’m getting older, I don’t know!”

There’s no doubt Hough has a lifetime of hot years to look forward to. Her ongoing dance training keeps her in great shape, and it shows in recent Instagrams.

Pink is my favorite color 🎶💞

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