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1. Happy Birthday Eve!

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There was no one like Eve when she first hit the scene under DMX’s wing in the late 90s. Her debut album ‘Let There Be Eve…Ruff Ryders’ First Lady’ was an unprecedented success, launching her well-respected career as one of hip-hop’s biggest female rappers. Eve reached pop success, parlayed her rap career into an acting career and launched a successful clothing line. Let’s take a look back at her biggest moments.

2. Trendsetter

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Eve’s iconic paw print tattoo became the go-to ink choice for women in that era.

3. Fierce Femcee

Before Nicki Minaj was putting boys to shame on their own records, Eve earned that crown with her strong delivery and killer lyrics earning her title ‘pit bull in a skirt.’

4. Bold Fashionista

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From her short blonde natural fro to long blonde locks, Eve wasn’t afraid to use the red carpet as her runway.

5. Rap Star With Mainstream Appeal

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Unlikely duo Eve and Gwen Stefani won a Grammy award for their single ‘Let Me Blow Your Mind” in 2002. The song became one of the biggest selling singles in the Summer 2001, giving Eve her second top 10 single.

6. Music Pioneer

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In the 2000s, Eve established herself as one of the best female rappers to touch a mic. Coming up in the era of Missy Elliott and other iconic artists like Lauryn Hill, Eve was at the forefront of the hip-hop scene.

7. Clothing Line Designer

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Eve channeled her daring fashion sense into her ‘Fetish’ clothing line in 2003. After years of success, she relaunched the brand in 2008 until she discontinued it the next year.

8. Shameless

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Before Joseline Hernandez helped reform Stevie J, the Bad Boy producer dated Eve. Their relationship turned sour when Stevie allegedly leaked a clip from their sex tape.

9. Rapper By Day, Actress By Night

In 2002, Eve made her big screen debut in ‘Barbershop.’ Her character Terri Jones quickly became a franchise favorite.

10. ‘Eve’ Takes Television

Eve’s TV show premiered September 15, 2003 and lasted three seasons on UPN. The series was nominated eight major awards.

11. The Reinvention

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In 2014, Eve found her soulmate in Maximillion Cooper. She told MadameNoire, “Being married has changed me in a lot of different ways. It’s funny because I’m a really fiercely independent person and I always have been. Being married, you have to relinquish some of that.”

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