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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!
Mariah Carey at the VH1 2000 Divas: Tribute to Diana Ross
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.
Mariah Carey live in concert in Chicago in 2003
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.
Mariah Carey at her Halloween Party in England, 2003
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?
Mariah Carey at the World Music Awards in 2003
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.
Mariah Carey at album release party in 2005
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.
Mariah Carey live at Madison Square Gardens in 2006
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.
Mariah Carey on TRL in 2008
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.
Mariah Carey on the cover of Playboy
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.
Mariah Carey at Haze Nightclub in Las Vegas
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.
Mariah Carey on the cover of Life & Style
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.
Mariah Carey filming
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".
Mariah Carey on the beach in Australia
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: WENN.com, Harrison/WENN.com, Z.Tomaszewski/WENN.com (1st row); Grainge/WENN.com, PNP/WENN.com, WENN.com (2nd row); HRC/WENN.com, WENN.com, Chris Connor/WENN.com (3rd row); WENN.com, WENN.com, WENN.com (4th row)
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