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Today is Diana Ross‘ birthday! The icon is 75 years old today. Known for songs like “The Boss,” “Love Hangover” and “I’m Coming Out,” she is one of the original pop divas.

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Born on this day in 1944 in Detroit, Michigan, Miss Ross got her big break in Motown as The Supremes, which also included Mary Wilson and Florence Ballard. It wasn’t until their ninth single, 1964’s “Where Did Our Love Go” did they finally have a number one hit.  The group would become one of the biggest selling groups of all time and scored 12 number one hits on the Billboard Hot 100.

Miss Ross certainly paved the way for women in music and in 1997 she told Rolling Stone, “It’s always been a struggle – more hard than an advantage. If I wanted to run Motown records right now, they wouldn’t look at me, because I’m a female and an artist. Sometimes even with lawyers it’s condescending. Rather than someone telling you what you can do, they’re so busy telling you what you can’t do. It’s like a little puppy that walks around and pisses on the flowers – someone constantly wants to piss on your dreams. It’s a fight. You just have to be willing to play the game with a sense of humor, with lightness about it, and get the work done.”

Of course, Diana Ross is known for her fashion. She also told Rolling Stone she was inspired by clothes when she was a teenager, “My first job was at Hudson’s department store, so I was very influenced by windows and fashion magazines. I went to Cass Technical High School and majored in costume design and fashion illustration. I’ve always been interested in fashion, cosmetics and makeup and hair, so the image that we created was very ladylike, very feminine.”

In honor of Miss Ross’ birthday, check out her most iconic fashion moments. Happy birthday to the legend!

Happy Birthday, Diana Ross! See Her Most Iconic Looks  was originally published on hellobeautiful.com

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