By SARAH FITZMAURICE
Happy, healthy and in better shape than ever: Nicole Richie looked incredible, compared to, right, the now infamous 2006 picture of her emaciated body emerged
Her frighteningly thin frame shocked the showbusiness world when she was snapped running on the beach with a blue bikini hanging from her body in 2006.
But six years on Nicole Richie has stepped out showing off her curves and her healthy bikini shape, soaking up the sun in Miami.
The Fashion Star mentor looked stunning in a plain burgundy two-piece as she strolled around the pool yesterday.
Nicole showed off her enviable figure as she enjoyed a lazy day at her South Beach hotel in Miami.
The mother-of-two had her hair styled into a top knot on her head and shielded her eyes from the sun with a pair of dark oversized shades.
As she strutted around her flat stomach and her toned thighs were clear for all to see.
Enviable shape: The mother-of-two showed off her curves in a cute burgundy bikini as she soaked up the sun in Miami yesterday
A number of tattoos could also been seen dotted around her body.
One was peeking out from above her bikini bottoms, while a set of wings were seen in between her shoulder blades.
Another design was visible at the base of her back and her anklet design could be spied on her left leg.
Making a splash: The 30-year-old showed off her toned stomach and trim legs as she got in and out of the pool
Nicole was seen making the most of a large sunbed, spreading herself out across the lounger to top up her tan.
But while she might be an enjoying a relaxing day away from home it seemed that the designer wasn't far from her work - she was seen playing with her iPhone as she topped up the tan.
Her incredible shape now is dramatically different to her appearance in 2006 - when a photo of her running down the beach showed her looking emaciated and ill.
Taking a dip: As well as soaking up the sunshine the 30-year-old also was seen taking a dip in the pool
At the time Lionel Richie's adopted daughter acknowledged she was too thin and opened up to Vanity Fair magazine about the issue.
She said: 'I know I'm too thin right now, so I wouldn't want any young girl looking at me and saying, 'That's what I want to look like.
'I do know that they will, which is another reason I really do need to do something about it. I'm not happy with the way I look right now.'
Pretty in pink: Nicole opted for a bold fuchsia printed ensemble which she was later seen leaving the hotel in
Today's appearance proves just how far she has come in the past six years and her success doesn't just relate to her shape.
Nicole's career as a fashion designer helped her land the role of mentor on NBC's new reality style show and she is happily married to Joel Madden and the couple have two children together, Harlow, four, and Sparrow, two.