5 of Janet Jackson's Best Music Video Looks

Janet Jackson, "Rhythm Nation"
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Janet Jackson, "Rhythm Nation"

On Tuesday (May 16), Janet Jackson celebrates her birthday. At 51, she's a first-time mom, gearing up for her return to the concert stage this year, and a legit icon as an artist. She's also responsible for some of the most memorable music videos ever. And for many, it's not just the dancing that left a lasting impression.

Jackson's '80s and '90s style not only was avant-garde for the time, but also often revealed a casual cool that would endure for ages to come. Here are five times that Miss Janet wowed with her music video fashion.

“Anytime, Anyplace” (1993)

In baggy ripped jeans, burnt-orange crop top, and hastily braided hair, Janet is at her relaxed 'fit best as she creeps across the hall for a rendezvous with her neighbor.

“Rhythm Nation” (1989)

From cap to shoes in a military-inspired look, Janet leads followers to a better day while donning a look that’s as iconic as it is serious.

"The Pleasure Principle" (1986)

Seeing someone in this exact outfit—an oversized cropped denim jacket, high-waisted black jeans and a matching tee—wouldn’t be a surprise at all on the streets of Los Angeles on New York City today.

Michael and Janet Jackson’s “Scream” (1995)

This might be the most goth and rock Janet has ever been. Along with big brother Michael, the pair flee Earth for an intergalactic existence. Defiant, Janet wears a floor-length silver coat lined with white fur over a silver bikini top.

“Got 'Till It's Gone” (1997)

Though shot in Los Angeles, this clip brought Apartheid-era South Africa to life. Funky 'fits reign supreme during this 1970s period and Janet glows, starring as a singer in a steamy lounge wearing a wide-lapeled brown leather jacket, a printed halter top exposing her toned abs and a printed brown skirt. 

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