By Olivia Bahou
Updated May 31, 2017 @ 7:00 am
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Happy 52nd birthday, Brooke Shields! It’s hard to believe it’s been 40 years since she first made a name for herself in Hollywood. From her sexy appearances in Endless Love and The Blue Lagoon to that iconic Calvin Klein ad, there’s no denying that Shields has served as a sex symbol for a generation. While today she’s still just as gorgeous, the actress plays a very different role: mom.

The star has two daughters, 14-year-old Rowan and 11-year-old Grier with her husband Chris Henchy, whom she married in 2001. Shields is the perfect role model of a strong mom to her two girls: She fiercely defended her decision to get treatment for postpartum depression after the birth of her daughter Rowan in 2003.

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Since then, Shields hasn’t shown any signs of slowing down. The star has continued to rack up credits on her acting portfolio, appearing in everything from the TV show The Middle to Miley Cyrus’s star-making hit, Hannah Montana, as Miley’s mom.

In honor of her 52nd birthday, celebrate by taking a look back through 16 adorable throwback photos of the former child star.