Janet Jackson has been in the entertainment business for more than 40 years. We’ve seen the singer, dancer, and actress go from an adorable adolescent on the Jacksons’ variety television show back in 1976 to a sexually liberated icon throughout the ’90s and 2000s to now a mother — a mother who’s still doing her thing on tour. To say Ms. Jackson has had a lifetime worth of photo-worthy moments throughout her four decades as an artist would be putting it lightly.
In honor of the Taurus’s 52nd birthday today, we’re taking a look back at some of those moments. From that sweet baby-faced 20-something who told us she was in control to the surprising celebrity snaps that have been captured over the years, here are 12 throwback pics of Janet Jackson you have to see.