Happy Birthday, Uma Thurman! The actress, who is best known for her roles in the cult classic, Pulp Fiction, and Kill Bill films, turns 44 today. Although Thurman has hit a milestone,  she remains as elegant as ever. It also doesn’t hurt that the Golden Globe winner emits an ethereal and confident presence (like the characters she plays on the big screen), which the star uses to her advantage–particularly when it comes down to personal style. “I try to find the perfect balance between being hemmed in by clothes and being set free by them,” Thurman tells InStyle exclusively. Fashion M.O., found.

From a fresh-faced 20-year-old to present-day beauty, celebrate Uma Thurman’s 44th birthday by taking a look back at the star’s transformation.