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The lovely Lauren Conrad, former reality star and current designer and author, is featured in next month’s issue of Seventeen. Needless to say, she looks terrific.

As LC said on Good Morning America this week, when asked about Heidi Montag and her recent plastic surgery, she won't be going under the knife anytime soon.

She's a natural beauty and a good role model for teens in that respect. Below are some excerpts from LC's interview with Seventeen, along with a bunch of pics:

On getting cut off: "Seventeen was a happy time for me, but 18 was hard. At 18 I was cut off financially! People think I've had it easy, but I haven't as much as you think ... When I went to college, I wasn't going to class in Louis Vuitton."

"There were times when my bank account was zero. I was financially independent, but I wasn't exactly living a lavish life. My dad was really adamant about that. He would say 'You're going to go to college and live it like everyone else.'"

On self-confidence: "There's always someone telling you your nose is too big or too small, or you're too fat or too thin. There's always going to be someone who doesn't approve of something about you. You're the only person you need to please."

On cheating: "I never really understood cheating because I've never cheated on anyone. I feel like if you are in a relationship with someone, and you want to be with other people, then you shouldn't be in a relationship - it's that simple!"

On her books' protagonist: "Jane is the main character [of Sweet Little Lies] and most like me. But also when I was more sarcastic and against [being on] the The Hills, I was able to illustrate that through Scarlett, her best friend."

On The Hills: "You set out to do a show based on your life, but you end up living a life based on your show. Everything you do has to be cleared - where you work, everyone who comes to your birthday, people you date, what clothes you wear."

"I actually had to get the paint color for my apartment approved by the director of photography. It was things like that that I really don't miss."

Click to enlarge more Lauren Conrad pictures from Seventeen:

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  • Smiling Conrad
  • Nice to see LC
  • 17 Gal

[Photos: Seventeen]

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Lauren Conrad and Heidi Montag will always be linked by The Hills.

Even a full season after LC retired from the show she made famous, and years after she and Heidi stopped being close, she's still asked about her.

LC was reluctant to comment on the recent Heidi Montag plastic surgery debacle this morning on Good Morning America, but did so diplomatically.

Asked what her reaction was after seeing Heidi's new appearance, which some liken to that of a circus freak, Conrad paused and said, "It's a look."

That it is. And that's as nicely as one can put it. Well done, LC!

What a Natural Beauty

Lauren Conrad won't criticize her former BFF, but says surgery isn't for her.

Conrad, who just celebrated her 24th birthday Monday, said despite the pressures on young women in Hollywood, she won't be going under the knife.

Asked if she'd had or considered plastic surgery, the best-selling author and fashion designer laughed and said "not so far, no... it's a personal choice."

"Everybody's different. Everybody needs to do what's good for them."

Lauren Conrad left The Hills after five seasons and is now focusing on her fashion line at Kohl's, plus her work as an author of young adult fiction books.

Montag is focusing on undergoing plastic surgery pretty much constantly and coming out with some of the worst music in human history. Team Lauren!

Heidi Montag looked better ...

 

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She's been a part of our lives since 2004, when Laguna Beach provided a glimpse into the lives of Orange County teenagers. She then went on to star on The Hills.

Lauren Conrad called it a reality TV career in June of last year, after the fifth season of the Laguna Beach spinoff, citing a desire, in part, to live a more private life.

While that's meant less of LC on our screens, we haven't stopped loving the celebrity fashion icon and best-selling author! Today she is 24! Happy birthday, Lauren!

In honor of the special occasion, here's a 24-photo tribute to our girl. Click to enlarge the pics below, then send in your birthday wishes to Lauren Conrad today!

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Many celebrities resort to plastic surgery to enhance their looks.

Lauren Conrad and Whitney Port, alumni of The Hills, are not among them, as both are committed to staying beautiful naturally. This interview with them is from late last year, but is still topical in light of the recent Heidi Montag plastic surgery debacle.

“I think it’s a personal thing,” Whitney, now star of The City, tells me. “They feel like it’s necessary and it’s going to make them feel more confident."

If that's what they believe, "then more power to them," she adds.

Lauren Conrad says the need for plastic surgery stems from fame.

Whitney Port, Lauren Conrad Photo

Whitney Port and Lauren Conrad are all-natural (and all-cute)!

“It’s hard because you’re in that position where you’re being criticized for everything,” LC, whose novel L.A. Candy is getting the silver screen treatment.

“Do you ignore it, and try to be beautiful on your own and be happy with the way you look? or do you listen to the criticism. They put them on this platform, and they tear them apart and then they criticize them even more for changing themselves."

"I think you just try and be confident with the way you are.”

Although Whitney Port and Lauren Conrad don’t admit to enhancing their looks through surgery, that doesn't mean they don't make the best of their natural features.

Whitney says that among her go-to beauty products are Fresh Black Tea eye cream, and she also wears Trish McEvoy #3 perfume, Snowdrop and Crystal Flowers.

LC, who says her eyes look “round and boyish,” swears by Mark’s Get In Line liquid eyeliner. For scents, “I wear 15 different perfumes. Anything with a gardenia.”

Whitney Port laughs, “Oh, so does my mom.”

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For two of the cutest Southern California products around, a little pop of color added a candy-coated touch to their already luscious lips.

Blake Lively and Lauren Conrad both brought fuchsia lip gloss to the red carpet recently, as you can see in the beautiful photos of each.

Who wore the color best, though? That's for you to decide.

The Gossip Girl star and the Hills alum are often on top of the style heap, but there can be only one winner here. Vote in our poll below!

BLC

Who looked prettier in pink?

 

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The former star of The Hills may no longer be on reality TV, but she's still living a visible life these days as an author and clothing designer.

As far as fashion goes, it seems LC can do no wrong. But can she compete with a couple of well-dressed ladies in the style showdown below?

We'll find out soon enough.

Lauren Conrad, Faith Hill and Brooke Shields warmed up their skin with toffee-colored sheaths. But who did the best job of it? Vote below!

LC, Faith, Brooke

Whose tan ensemble looked best?

 

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Having posted an impressive 15-1 record in fashion face-offs on The Hollywood Gossip so far in 2009, Lauren Conrad's style sense is seldom questioned.

That said, it's little surprise the ex-Hills star is unveiling some style tips in a new book, Lauren Conrad Style, to be published by Harper Collins next fall.

She’s a successful reality TV star, designer and fiction writer, and now we'll be treated to new fashion advice and Lauren Conrad pictures straight from LC.

Conrad says she wants to show her readers exactly how to interpret her classic and cool style into their lives, and is “really excited to write a style guide.”

“I think fashion should be fun and reflective of who you are. When you wear clothes you feel good in, it shows in everything you do," she adds. "I know this guide will offer simple, practical tips to help anyone look fabulous.”

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Lauren Conrad's latest business foray will be a fashion how-to.

Conrad recently began designing an affordable clothing line for Kohl’s stores, and launched her own line, the Lauren Conrad Collection, the year before.

This year, Lauren released her first book L.A. Candy, which was a #1 New York Times bestseller; the sequel, Sweet Little Lies, goes on sale in February.

As for a return to reality TV? She says don't bet on it.

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It's the gold standard of celebrity fashion face-offs.

Not only are they wearing gold dresses, but Kim Kardashian and Lauren Conrad have more in common than reality-TV stardom - they're famous for their style.

Kim's one of the most photographed celebs around, always sparking debate with a vast array of fashion choices. LC similarly looks fabulous in, well, anything.

Pit them against each other in a face-off of fantastic frocks of gold and there's no telling what will happen. Kan Kim and her kleavage possibly topple Lauren?

You tell us! Vote in our survey below!

Kim and LC

Who looked best in her gold dress?

 

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As fashion face-offs go, this has mismatch written all over it.

Lauren Conrad, who can do no wrong, and who routine racks up 30-40 point wins in our fashion polls, up against wreckalicious walking "fashion disaster" Lindsay Lohan.

But can LiLo pull an upset? Don't count her out just yet.

LC celebrated designer Rebecca Minkoff's Spring 2010 line in her polka-dotted shirt, while Lohan hit the town in L.A. in her polka-dotted blouse under a cropped blazer.

Who looked better in this style? Vote below ...

LC/Lo

Who looked better in this style?

 

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It's Lo Bosworth and Lauren Conrad, co-stars on Laguna Beach and The Hills, and toes besties forever and ever, in a Friday the 13th style showdown!

There's nothing freaky about their fashion - although it is freaking awesome - it just happens to be Friday the 13th today. Anyway, who looks better?

Kylie Jenner Fashion

As you can see, the ladies were all smiles - and sparkles - at the Maxim launch of the Ubisoft video game Assassin's Creed II, held at Voyeur nightclub.

Which gal's fashion sense do you prefer? Can Lo Bosworth hang with her rival in the style department? or will she say LC-ya later? Vote in our survey!

Who looked better, Lo or LC?

 

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