07/02/2013 12:20 pm ET Updated Jul 28, 2014

Jenni Rivera's Inspirational Quotes, Remembering 'La Diva De La Banda' On Her Birthday

Jenni Rivera Inspires

Jenni Rivera made it clear -- "I'm not a victim, I'm a survivor"

Swimming against a current of depression, abuse, and controversy, “La Diva de la Banda” found strength in her experiences to succeed despite adversity and she rose up within a male-dominated genre.

In December 2012, the Mexican-American singer boarded a flight towards Toluca, Mexico that would be her last. The star’s tragic death was reported nationwide amid mourning for a woman who seemed well on her way to further success.

On the day that would have been Rivera’s 44th birthday, we’ve gathered some of the artist’s most inspirational quotes. Happy Birthday Jenni!