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Happy Birthday Madonna: The 'Material Girl' Turns 53 (PHOTOS)

First Posted: 08/16/11 07:31 PM ET   Updated: 10/16/11 06:12 AM ET

Happy birthday Madonna!

It's hard to believe that the woman who gave us some of the most timeless pop songs, who made '80s iconic, who shocked the world with her creative--and revolutionary--take on sex and sexuality, and reinvented herself more times than we can even count, turns 53 today.

We can't think of a better way to honor her than to highlight her most memorable looks. From the big hair and over-sized '80s accessories of her "Like a Virgin" days, to her super-sleek, politically charged "American Life" moments.

Madonna has truly done it all, and we can't wait to see how she continues to reinvent her look--and sound--for the years to come.

Take a look at Madonna's most memorable moments. Do you have a favorite?

PHOTOS:

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  • Madonna, "The Virgin Tour", June 1985

  • Madonna performs at Live Aid, July 1985

  • Madonna on the cover of Playboy, 1985

  • Madonna performing in Paris, Aug. 1987

  • Madonna performs during her 'Girlie Show' in Bercy Omnisport Palace in Paris, Sept. 1993

  • Jan. 1990

  • Madonna on her "Blonde Ambition" tour, April 1990

  • Madonna blows the crowd a kiss after receiving the award for Best Female Video 07 September during the 1995 MTV Video Music Awards, Sept. 1995

  • 1996 VH1 Vogue Fashion Awards

  • Madonna at Vogue Fashion Awards, Jan. 1998

  • Madonna, "Ray of Light" video, Sept. 1998

  • 41st Annual Grammy Awards, Feb. 1999

  • Performing at 2000 MTV Europe Music Awards

  • Madonna, 'Drowned World Tour', July 2001

  • 2003 MTV Video Music Awards -- The kiss that rocked the world.

  • Madonna, April 2003

  • Madonna reads from her new children's book "Mr. Peabody's Apples", Dec. 2003

  • Madonna's "Re-Invention" Tour, May 2004

  • U.K. leg of Madonna's "Re-Invention" Tour, Aug. 2004

  • Madonna performs at Live 8 London, July 2005

  • Madonna and her then-husband, Guy Richie, at the TIFF Gala Premiere of his film "Revolver", Sept. 2005

  • Premiere Of Madonna's Documentary "I'm Going To Tell", Oct. 2005

  • Awards Room at 2005 MTV Europe Music Awards, Nov. 2005

  • Madonna plays G-A-Y at Astoria, Nov. 2005

  • 48th Annual Grammy Awards, Feb. 2006

  • Madonna plays Wembley Arena during her "Confessions" world tour, Aug. 2006

  • Madonna performs in Germany in the European leg of her "Confessions" world tour, Aug. 2006

  • Live Earth London, July 2007

  • "I Am Because We Are" Premiere at Cannes, May 2008

  • Madonna performs at Dodger Stadium, with a special appearance from Britney Spears, Nov. 2008

  • Madonna with daughter Lourdes at the New York premiere of "NINE", Dec. 2009

  • Madonna holds hands with her adopted daughter Mercy James as she arrives at the 'Raising Malawi Academy for Girls' in Chinkhota, Malawi, April 2010

  • Macy's "Material Girl" Collection Launch with daughter Lourdes and "Material Girl" model Taylor Momsen, Sept. 2010

  • 2011 Vanity Fair Oscar Party with daughter Lourdes, Feb. 2011

  • Madonna attends the 'Alexander McQueen: Savage Beauty' Costume Institute Gala at The Metropolitan Museum of Art on May 2, 2011.

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