Style & Beauty

Photos Of Janet Jackson's Style Evolution Through The Years

The singer clearly loves shoulder pads and crop tops.
05/18/2018 05:45am ET

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
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With her brother Randy Jackson.
1972
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With her brother, Michael Jackson, at their home in Los Angeles.
1972
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Posing for a portrait with her father, Joe Jackson, in Los Angeles.
1973
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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
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Posing for a portrait at the 46th annual Santa Claus Lane Parade in Hollywood.
Circa 1977
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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
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Posing for a portrait at the Jackson family home in Los Angeles.
1977
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Onstage at the American Music Awards.
1977
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Posing for a portrait session with a Model T Ford in Los Angeles.
1978
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Posing for a portrait session in Los Angeles.
1978
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Photographed as Charlene DuPrey on an episode of "Diff'rent Strokes."
1982
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Posing for a portrait session in Los Angeles.
1983
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At the R&B Awards in Los Angeles.
1983
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At the 10th annual American Music Awards in Los Angeles.
1984
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Performing on "American Bandstand."
1985
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With James Debarge at 12th annual American Music Awards in Los Angeles.
1985
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Posing for a portrait session in Los Angeles.
1986
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Posing for a portrait in Los Angeles.
1986
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Appearing on a French TV broadcast.
1988
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At the 5th annual American Cinema Awards in Beverly Hills.
1989
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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
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Performing at the Met Center in Bloomington, Minnesota.
1990
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At the 1st annual Billboard Music Awards in Santa Monica, California.
1992
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At the 7th annual IFP/West Independent Spirit Awards in Hollywood.
1992
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At the 6th annual Soul Train Music Awards in Los Angeles.
1992
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At the 24th annual NAACP Image Awards in Los Angeles.
1993
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With Michael Jackson at the 35th annual Grammy Awards in Los Angeles.
1993
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Performing at Madison Square Garden in New York City.
1994
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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
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At the 51st annual Golden Globe Awards in Beverly Hills.
1995
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At the 12th annual MTV Video Music Awards in New York City.
1997
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Janet Jackson attends the Virgin Records Party for "The Velvet Rope" in Culver City, California.
1997
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Arriving for the MTV Awards at Radio City Music Hall.
1997
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During a "Velvet Rope" signing at Virgin Megastore in New York City.
1998
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At the 4th annual Blockbuster Entertainment Awards in Hollywood.
1998
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Performing onstage during The Velvet Rope tour.
1998
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Performing onstage during The Velvet Rope tour.
1998
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In concert before a sold out MCI Center.
1999
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At the Commitment to Life XI Gala to Benefit AIDS Project Los Angeles.
1999
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At The Source Hip-Hop Music Awards in Los Angeles.
2000
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At the MTV Movie Awards in Culver City, California.
2001
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Backstage at the 28th annual American Music Awards in Los Angeles.
2001
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At the MTV Icon: Janet Jackson show taping in Los Angeles.
2001
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Performing onstage on the opening night of her "All For You" world tour in Vancouver, Canada.
2001
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Performing onstage at TMF Awards.
2002
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During the Vanity Fair Oscar Party in Beverly Hills.
2002
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At the 15th annual Essence Awards in Los Angeles.
2004
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During The AOL TopSpeed Super Bowl XXXVIII Halftime Show press conference in Houston, Texas.
2004
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Posing backstage in the press room at the 18th annual Soul Train Music Awards in Los Angeles.
2004
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Performing onstage during "Good Morning America" in New York City.
2004
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Performing during the halftime show at Super Bowl XXXVIII between the New England Patriots and the Carolina Panthers in Houston, Texas.
2004
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During Virgin Records Presents "Damita Jo": A Celebration with Janet Jackson in New York City.
2004
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Arriving at the Mobo Awards in London.
2004
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At the Black Entertainment Awards in Hollywood, California.
2004
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In New York City.
2004
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At the Teen Choice Awards at the Universal Ampitheater in Universal City, California
2004
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At the American Music Awards.
2004
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With Jermaine Dupri during Royal Birthday Ball for Sean "P. Diddy" Combs in New York City.
2005
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With Jermaine Dupri during Clive Davis' 2005 Pre-Grammy Awards Party in Beverly Hills, California.
2005
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At the Vanity Fair Oscar Party in West Hollywood, California.
2006
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During Antonio "L.A." Reid's 50th birthday party in New York City.
2006
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With Jermaine Dupri at the ESPY Awards in Hollywood.
2006
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At the CFDA Awards in New York City.
2006
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During LG & Jermaine Dupri launch new Fusic in Hollywood.
2006
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Performing on "The Today Show" in New York City.
2006
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At Tao Nightclub in Las Vegas, Nevada.
2006
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At the PPR gala dinner at the Museum des Arts Decoratifs in Paris.
2006
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With Jermaine Dupri during Hollywood Life Movieline Style Awards in West Hollywood, California.
2006
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At the Billboard Music Awards in Las Vegas.
2006
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Performing onstage at the Billboard Music Awards in Las Vegas.
2007
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At the Oscar nominee party honoring actress Jennifer Hudson in Beverly Hills California.
2007
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At Tyler Perry's "Why Did I Get Married" premiere in Hollywood.
2007
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Posing for a photo during BET's "106 & Park" in New York City.
2007
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At the premiere of Tyler Perry's "Why Did I Get Married" in New York City.
2007
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At the grand opening of The Cove Atlantis on Paradise Island.
2007
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At Hollywood Film Festival's Hollywood Awards in Beverly Hills.
2008
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Posing after winning the Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Motion Picture award for Tyler Perry's "Why Did I Get Married?" at the 39th NAACP Image Awards in Los Angeles.
2008
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With Jermaine Dupri attend Jermaine Dupri's Grammy Pre-Party in Hollywood.
2008
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At a promotional event for her album "Discipline" at Best Buy in New York City.
2008
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During Nickelodeon's 2008 Kids' Choice Awards in Westwood, California.
2008
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Performing on ABC's "Good Morning America" in New York City.
2008
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With Jermaine Dupri at Clive Davis' Pre-Grammy Party in Beverly Hills.
2008
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With Jermaine Dupri at the Metropolitan Museum of Art Costume Institute Gala in New York City.
2008
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At Alexander McQueen's Los Angeles flagship store launch party in Los Angeles.
2008
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At the Cartier Charity love bracelet launch in Los Angeles.
2008
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At the 19th annual GLAAD Media Awards in Hollywood.
2008
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At an Uomo Vogue 40th anniversary celebration party in Milan.
2008
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Performing in the first show of her "Rock Witchu" tour at General Motors Place in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada.
2008
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With Jermaine Dupri at Dupri's 36th birthday party in New York City.
2009
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Performing during the MTV Video Music Awards in New York City.
2009
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At the Giorgio Armani fashion show in Milan.
2009
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At Jingle Bell Ball in London.
2009
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Performing onstage at the American Music Awards in Los Angeles.
2009
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At an amfAR Milan Fashion Week event in Milan.
2009
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At a Ralph Lauren fashion show in New York City.
2010
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Sitting front row at a Pringle Of Scotland fashion show in London, England.
2010
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Performing at the Essence Music Festival in New Orleans.
2010
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At the Halloween Extravaganza at Lanvin boutique in New York City.
2010
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At the premiere of "For Colored Girls" at Ziegfeld Theatre in New York City.
2010
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At the premiere of "Why Did I Get Married Too?" in New York City.
2010
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At a preview screening of "Why Did I Get Married Too?" in London.
2010
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At the 20th annual Women of the Year awards hosted by Glamour Magazine in New York City.
2010
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With Roberto Cavalli at the Roberto Cavalli 40th anniversary party in Paris, France.
2011
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Performing onstage during her concert at Taipei World Trade Center Nangang Exhibition.
2011
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Speaking during the 19th Life Ball in Vienna, Austria.
2011
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At amfAR's Cinema Against AIDS Gala in Antibes, France.
2011
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Performing at L'Olympia in Paris, France.
2012
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At the Marco Glaviano "Supermodels" exhibition opening in New York City.
2012
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At amfAR's Cinema Against AIDS gala during the 65th Annual Cannes Film Festival in Cap D'Antibes, France.
2013
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At amfAR's 20th annual Cinema Against AIDS gala in Cap d'Antibes, France.
2013
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At the Versace fashion show during Milan Fashion Week in Milan.
2014
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With ex-husband Wissam al Mana attend the Giorgio Armani fashion show during Milan Fashion Week in Milan.
2015
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Accepting the Ultimate Icon Award onstage during the BET Awards in Los Angeles.
2015
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Performing onstage during her "Unbreakable" world tour in Miami.
2015
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Performing after the Dubai World Cup in Dubai, United Arab Emirates.
2017
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At the OUT Magazine #OUT100 Event in New York City.
2017
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At her State of the World Tour after party at Lure in Los Angeles.
2018
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Speaking onstage at the Essence 9th annual Black Women in Music at Highline Ballroom in New York City.