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Mary J. Blige’s trendsetting blonde hair is just as iconic as her career in music. So in honor of her 47th birthday, we decided to celebrate not only her being the “Queen of Hip Hop Soul” but also being a true blonde bombshell by taking a look back at the evolution of that golden crown on her head.

In 2011, HipHollywood spoke to a host of celebrities, stylists and influencers about some of Blige’s most iconic looks and their favorite MJB hairstyles. Check out the video above, and our favorite Blige styles below.

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In 1996 Blige won a Grammy Award for her song “You’re All I Need…” with Method Man and turned heads rocking her blonde hair swooped to the side under a cheetah print hooded blouse and dark shades.


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In 2000 Blige rocked this platinum do’ that took the feather trend to new levels (literally).

In 2001 Blige switched it up and rocked this edgy blonde bob to the MTV Video Music Awards.

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That same year she performed at the MTV 20th Anniversary party, “MTV20: Live and Almost Legal” rocking longer strawberry blonde locks with slanted bangs.

And later that year in November 2001, Blige was featured on the cover of Essence magazine looking like a golden goddess and we all bowed down.

In 2005 she released her album The Breakthrough and looked absolutely stunning rocking this sleek braided style.

In 2008 Blige had everyone buzzing about this high – low short cut.

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In 2009 Blige debuted this coiffed cut with the release of her album Stronger and it became an instant classic.

In 2010 Blige made a serious statement with this striking blonde bowl cut.

In 2011 she showed she was still an “Around The Way Girl” rocking this bangs and ponytail look to the BET Awards.

In 2017 Blige gave fans LIFE, with this retro bowl cut for her new album “Strength of a Woman”.

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And then she gave the world this amazing moment – blonde waist-lenghth braids at Essence Fest.

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