See Meredith Grey’s Style Evolution on ‘Grey’s Anatomy’ (PHOTOS)

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See Meredith Grey’s Style Evolution on ‘Grey’s Anatomy’ (PHOTOS)

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Grey's Anatomy is embarking on its 13th season, meaning we’ve known Ellen Pompeo and her character, Meredith Grey for well over a decade.

With that in mind, we rounded up promo photos of Meredith from the past 12 seasons to show her style evolve as she herself has evolved — going from intern to resident to attending, and from mistress to wife to mother to widow.

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Ellen, now 46, was just 34 when she was cast as the lead of the then-untitled TV pilot, and the job undoubtedly exceeded her wildest expectations.

Grey’s Anatomy, Meredith Grey in Season 3
Credit: ABC    

That success also means we’ve witnessed Ellen grow older on TV, much as she may wish she hadn’t.

“Watching myself age on TV is miserable,” she tells People. “To be honest, it’s the toughest part of my job.”

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But the People’s Choice winner is still philosophical about getting older, especially because it means getting wiser.

Ellen Pompeo, Grey’s Anatomy Season 12, Meredith Grey
Credit: Bob D'Amico/ABC © 2015 Disney | ABC Television Group. All rights reserved.    

“As uncomfortable as watching myself age is, I don’t think focusing on physical beauty is necessarily the best thing for your mind,” she says.

“It’s a natural thing that we all do, but I don’t think it’s the healthiest thing. The older you get, the more you realize life isn’t about your looks. Everyone ages, and it’s OK.”

We think Ellen has looked fab at every age, and check out the photo gallery above to see proof.

Grey’s Anatomy Season 13 premieres on Thursday, September 22, at 8 p.m. ET on ABC.

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