Happy 50th Birthday Janet Jackson: A Look Back Through the Years

Janet Damita Jo Jackson is officially 50 years old today. I remember 10 years ago watching her on Oprah discussing her 20 Y.O. album and all the stir about her being 40. Janet has definitely seen some ups and downs in her life. Superstar family, allegedly abusive father, monumental success, several failed relationships but she always manages to bounce back and rise.

I have loved Janet since the very first time I saw Poetic Justice. Maybe it’s just me, but I felt like her acting was on point. I totally believed she was Justice from South Central LA who did hair and lived in her grandmother’s house. Her acting in that movie made her so relatable and I love her for it.

Look back at Janet through the years and her many looks she gives.

Young Janet with brother Michael


Good Times Janet aka Penny

Photo of Janet Jackson
UNSPECIFIED – CIRCA 1980: Photo of Janet Jackson Photo by Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images

Different Strokes Janet


FAME Janet


Janet at 18 with then husband James DeBarge


Janet in the Control album era


Janet in the Rhythm Nation era


Janet in the Janet album era


Janet and Tupac in 1993 for Poetic Justice


Janet in the Velvet Rope era



Janet in the All For You album era



Janet in 2003


Janet in 2008 with ex Jermaine Dupri


Janet in 2010

Singer Janet Jackson poses as she arrives to present a Glamour Magazine Woman of the Year award in New York
Singer Janet Jackson poses as she arrives to present a Glamour Magazine Woman of the Year award in New York November 8, 2010. REUTERS/Lucas JacksonĀ 

Janet in 2011



Janet in 2012



Janet in 2013 with husband Wissam Al Mana



Janet in 2014

Vogue Fashion Dubai Experience - Gala Event Arrivals
DUBAI, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES – OCTOBER 31: Janet Jackson attends the Gala Event during the Vogue Fashion Dubai Experience on October 31, 2014 in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. (Photo by Gareth Cattermole/Getty Images for Vogue & The Dubai Mall)


Janet in 2015 accepting the BET Icon Award



Janet in a 2016 Promo for her Unbreakable World Tour



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