Anne Hathaway “Grateful” to Kate Middleton for “Dressing Like a Lady”

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Though she's played a princess in a handful of movies, Anne Hathaway says she's more inspired by real-life royalty.

"Can I tell you how grateful I am to Kate Middleton?" the 28-year-old actress tells USA Today. "Because she is such an advocate for dressing like a lady."

The fashion-forward actress says Middleton's understated elegance even inspired her to revamp her own wardrobe.

"I think for a few years that slightly dirty look was adopted by Hollywood — you know, the stringy hair, homeless thing. And I really tried," Hathaway laughs. "I was like, 'Ok, I'm going to give that a go.' But it doesn't suit me, and I don't suit it. I always looked kind of chubby."

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The One Day actress credits the 29-year-old Duchess of Cambridge for proving that skin isn't always in.

"I'm just very grateful to Kate Middleton for making looking appropriate really fun again," Hathaway says. "So right now my fashion choices are all about Kate Middleton."

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