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Happy b-day, Mariah Carey! Steamiest pics through the years

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Fierce as ever at 43

Pop icon Mariah Carey celebrates her 43rd birthday today and, sista, she looks better than ever. Of course, the sexy songbird has never been shy about showing off her curves. Hey, we say if you've got it, flaunt it!
Fierce as ever at 43
For the VHI Divas Tribute to Diana Ross in 2000, Mariah brazenly rocked a butterfly "top" made of glitter... kind of like what you'd get painted on your face at a street fair.
Fierce as ever at 43
Mariah proved pretty in pink during a 2003 concert in Chicago. We just hope the weather was warm — it's probably easy to catch a chill when you don't wear any pants.
Fierce as ever at 43
The singer made waves as a mermaid for her Halloween party at The Collection Club. Do you think that shell bikini top comes in her size, or did she have to special order?
Fierce as ever at 43
At the World Music Awards in Monaco, Mariah showed off her killer form in a breezy, barely-there gown. As scant as that swath of fabric was, though, she made it look chic and classy.
Fierce as ever at 43
Mariah celebrated the 2005 release of The Emancipation of Mimi. And Mimi wasn't the only thing being emancipated that night, if you know what we mean. Wink, wink, nudge, nudge.
Fierce as ever at 43
Clearly, Mariah does not fear wardrobe malfunctions — or else she would not dare to hit the stage dressed in sexy two-piece ensembles such as this, which she wore on tour in 2006.
Fierce as ever at 43
In a button-up shirt tied at the midriff and a pastel ombre mini-skirt, Mariah may have been trying to recapture her youth — she was visiting MTV's TRL, after all.
Fierce as ever at 43
It doesn't get much steamier than this! In March 2007, Mariah graced the cover of Playboy, leaving little to the imagination in a skintone monokini.
Fierce as ever at 43
In 2010, Mariah hosted the official End of Tour Party at Haze Nightclub in Las Vegas decked out in a black minidress so tight it could have been painted on.
Fierce as ever at 43
It'll take more than a burgeoning uterus to keep Mariah from flaunting her figure! In 2011, while pregnant with twins, the pop star posed nude on the cover of Life & Style.
Fierce as ever at 43
Having a little naughty-Madonna-singing-"Santa-Baby" moment, Mariah spread Christmas cheer on set for her single with Justin Bieber, "All I Want for Christmas is You".
Fierce as ever at 43
Mariah took time earlier this year to enjoy a stroll on an Australian beach. And by her bangin' bikini bod, you'd never know she was a 40-something mother of twins!
Images, L to R, courtesy of:, Harrison/, Z.Tomaszewski/ (1st row); Grainge/, PNP/, (2nd row); HRC/,, Chris Connor/ (3rd row);,, (4th row)
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