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Happy birthday, Eva Mendes! The actress, designer, and model celebrates her 41st birthday today. The bombshell, who started her career by landing gigs in music videos and smaller roles, eventually rose up to leading lady status with her stints in the films The Other Guys and Hitch. Calvin Klein, Cartier, and Revlon also took notice of the star's undeniable sexy looks and garnered the brunette with campaigns.

Mendes met longtime beau Ryan Gosling on the set of The Place Beyond the Pines in a classic tale of onscreen romance turned real life love.Together, the very private couple welcomed 6-month-old Esmeralda Amada Gosling in September. In honor of the new mom's birthday, we're taking a look at Eva Mendes' best beauty moments.