Happy birthday, Diana Ross! The music legend, who turns 71 today, has been on the music scene since her 1960s debut with The Supremes, one of the best-selling female-fronted musical acts of all time. It wasn't long till Ross launched her solo career, which proved to be a monster success ("Ain't No Mountain High Enough," anyone?) including sold-out shows around the world, high-profile roles on the big screen, and a Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award in 2012. Ross is also a mother of five—among them actress Tracee Ellis Ross and musician (and husband to Ashlee Simpson) Evan Ross.
Accolades and larger-than-life talents aside, what makes Diana Ross truly an icon in pop culture is her ability to deliver unforgettable performances, her spine-tingling vocal range that continues to touch audiences, and her sought-after beauty repertoire that boasted big disco hair and dramatic lashes.
From big disco hair to show-stopping gowns, Ross's look is repeatedly cited as inspiration. In the November 2008 issue of InStyle, Beyoncé revealed her affinity for the legendary performer. "I love that in the seventies Cher and Diana Ross looked like superstars and never played it safe," she said. "When they were onstage, they gave you drama—and I love drama."