STYLE & BEAUTY
05/18/2018 05:45 am ET

Photos Of Janet Jackson's Style Evolution Through The Years

The singer clearly loves shoulder pads and crop tops.

Janet Jackson is a style icon for the ages.

The star, who just celebrated her 52nd birthday on May 16, has given us plenty of fashion inspiration over the years. From her days of matching Jackson family costumes to her penchant for shoulder-padded blazers and her affinity for crop tops, the “Dammn Baby” singer always radiates an aura of effortless cool that people aspire to achieve. 

On May 20, Jackson is set to perform at the Billboard Music Awards ― her first TV performance in almost a decade ― and she’ll also be presented with the well-deserved Icon Award

Ahead of the show, we thought we’d take a look back at Jackson’s style through the years. Scroll through to see for yourself: 

  • Circa 1971
    With her brother Randy Jackson. 
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    With her brother Randy Jackson. 
  • 1972
    With her brother, Michael Jackson, at their home in Los Angeles.
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    With her brother, Michael Jackson, at their home in Los Angeles.
  • 1972
    Posing for a portrait with her father, Joe Jackson, in Los Angeles.
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    Posing for a portrait with her father, Joe Jackson, in Los Angeles.
  • 1973
    With her mother Katherine, sisters Janet and LaToya and brothers Michael and Randy at the wedding of older brother Jerma
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    With her mother Katherine, sisters Janet and LaToya and brothers Michael and Randy at the wedding of older brother Jermaine Jackson to Berry Gordy's daughter Hazel in Hollywood.
  • 1974
    Posing for a portrait at the 46th annual Santa Claus Lane Parade in Hollywood.
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    Posing for a portrait at the 46th annual Santa Claus Lane Parade in Hollywood.
  • Circa 1977
    Promotional portrait of the Jackson family. Clockwise from lower row, left: Janet, Randy, Jackie, Michael, Tito, Marlon, LaTo
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    Promotional portrait of the Jackson family. Clockwise from lower row, left: Janet, Randy, Jackie, Michael, Tito, Marlon, LaToya and Rebbie Jackson. 
  • 1977
    Posing for a portrait at the Jackson family home in Los Angeles.
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    Posing for a portrait at the Jackson family home in Los Angeles.
  • 1977
    Onstage at the American Music Awards.
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    Onstage at the American Music Awards.
  • 1977
    Posing for a portrait session with a Model T Ford in Los Angeles.
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    Posing for a portrait session with a Model T Ford in Los Angeles.
  • 1978
    Posing for a portrait session in Los Angeles.
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    Posing for a portrait session in Los Angeles.
  • 1978
    Photographed as Charlene DuPrey on an episode of "Diff'rent Strokes."
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    Photographed as Charlene DuPrey on an episode of "Diff'rent Strokes."
  • 1982
    Posing for a portrait session in Los Angeles.
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    Posing for a portrait session in Los Angeles.
  • 1983
    At the R&B Awards in Los Angeles.
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    At the R&B Awards in Los Angeles.
  • 1983
    At the 10th annual American Music Awards in Los Angeles.
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    At the 10th annual American Music Awards in Los Angeles.
  • 1984
    Performing on "American Bandstand."
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    Performing on "American Bandstand."
  • 1985
    With James Debarge at 12th annual American Music Awards in Los Angeles.
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    With James Debarge at 12th annual American Music Awards in Los Angeles.
  • 1985
    Posing for a portrait session in Los Angeles.
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    Posing for a portrait session in Los Angeles.
  • 1986
    Posing for a portrait in Los Angeles.
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    Posing for a portrait in Los Angeles.
  • 1986
    Appearing on a French TV broadcast.
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    Appearing on a French TV broadcast.
  • 1988
    At the 5th annual American Cinema Awards in Beverly Hills.
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    At the 5th annual American Cinema Awards in Beverly Hills.
  • 1989
    At the presentation of platinum records for her album "Janet Jackson's Rhythm Nation 1814" and two singles "Miss You Much" an
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    At the presentation of platinum records for her album "Janet Jackson's Rhythm Nation 1814" and two singles "Miss You Much" and "Rhythm Nation" in Hollywood.
  • 1990
    Performing at the Met Center in Bloomington, Minnesota.
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    Performing at the Met Center in Bloomington, Minnesota.
  • 1990
    At the 1st annual Billboard Music Awards in Santa Monica, California.
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    At the 1st annual Billboard Music Awards in Santa Monica, California.
  • 1992
    At the 7th annual IFP/West Independent Spirit Awards in Hollywood.
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    At the 7th annual IFP/West Independent Spirit Awards in Hollywood.
  • 1992
    At the 6th annual Soul Train Music Awards in Los Angeles.
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    At the 6th annual Soul Train Music Awards in Los Angeles.
  • 1992
    At the 24th annual NAACP Image Awards in Los Angeles.
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    At the 24th annual NAACP Image Awards in Los Angeles.
  • 1993
    With Michael Jackson at the 35th annual Grammy Awards in Los Angeles.
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    With Michael Jackson at the 35th annual Grammy Awards in Los Angeles.
  • 1993
    Performing at Madison Square Garden in New York City.
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    Performing at Madison Square Garden in New York City.
  • 1994
    At\ the party for her sold-out concert tour and plaque presentation for 10 million copies of "Janet" album in Culve
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    At\ the party for her sold-out concert tour and plaque presentation for 10 million copies of "Janet" album in Culver City, California.
  • 1994
    At the 51st annual Golden Globe Awards in Beverly Hills.
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    At the 51st annual Golden Globe Awards in Beverly Hills.
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