Happy birthday, Donatella Versace!

The Versace empress turns 57 today, reminding us of her long and sometimes challenging journey from her Italian teen years to dressing some of Hollywood's biggest stars.

Currently the vice president of the Versace group, Donatella served as her brother Gianni Versace's press rep for years while he got his now-iconic fashion line off the ground. After Gianni's tragic death in 1997, Donatella took over much of the company's operations... and later confessed that all the while she was battling a cocaine habit.

Now Donatella's 25-year-old daughter Allegra is also a co-owner in the company, boasting whopping 50% of Versace's stock assets and a $700 million (!) inheritance from her uncle.

With her daughter by her side and a triumphant return to the couture runway in the works, things have been looking up for Donatella for a while. After all, once you've got your own signature "SNL" impression, what could be bad?

In honor of Donatella and her 57th birthday, let's take a look back at her (always evolving, constantly blonde) beauty evolution over the years.

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  • September 1990

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  • April 1996

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  • December 1998

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  • October 2000

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  • February 2001

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  • May 2002

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  • May 2003

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  • October 2003

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  • November 2004

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  • November 2004

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  • September 2006

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  • February 2007

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  • July 2007

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  • May 2009

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  • September 2009

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  • January 2010

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  • June 2010

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  • September 2010

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  • December 2010

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  • February 2011

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  • November 2011

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  • January 2012

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  • February 2013

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Donatella Versace Skit with Maya Rudolph and Christina Agu

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