Madonna practices with the freshman cheerleaders at Adams High School in 1972 in Rochester, Michigan.
Madonna in the late '70s -- she had recently moved to New York City to study dance.
Madonna smolders at the camera with her intensely-lined eyes.
The epitome of an '80s girl: Madonna performing on stage.
Madonna attended the 12th Annual American Music Awards with bold blonde hair and a rocker-chic outfit.
Sporting a shorter and darker 'do, Madonna performed at the Live Aid Concert in the summer of '85.
Madonna pulls off the blonde hair, dark brows look at the 14th Annual American Music Awards.
Madonna performs during the Blonde Ambition Tour.
A short blonde crop and lots of black, Madonna walks through NYC in a shiny trench with fishnet detailing.
The superstar wore a daring bodysuit to the premiere of "Madonna: Truth or Dare," and we must say she totally pulled it off!
Madonna out and about in NYC, wearing an embellished leather moto jacket.
Madonna attended the "With Honors" premiere in a brightly colored crop top and long skirt.
For MTV's "Madonna's Bedtime Story Pajama Party," Madonna rocked a leopard print coat -- or perhaps a robe...?
Madonna attended the L.A. premiere of "Evita," wearing an ombre dress with feathers, flowers, fishnets... a LOT going on.
Madonna looked stunning at the Golden Globes, wearing this simple black gown and disheveled hair.
For the 1998 VH1 Vogue Fashion Awards, Madonna seemed to channel Belle from Beauty and the Beast ... if a more gothic version.
Madonna attended 9th Annual Fire and Ice Ball in a sliced lace dress with feather detailing along the bottom.
Perfectly put-together, Madonna looked classic in a long white peacoat for a book launch party.
Back to her bold self! Madonna attended the MTV European Music Awards wearing a lot of purple and fishnets.
Madonna wore a pink cocktail dress to the 2006 Vanity Fair Oscar Party.
At the following year's Vanity Fair Oscar Party, Madonna stunned in a black dress by Dolce & Gabbana.
It's a little sheer but a lot fabulous: Madonna's pretty black dress is a win in our book.
At the amfAR's Cinema Against AIDS 2008 benefit, Madonna rocked a coral long-sleeved satin dress.
Guy Ritchie and Madonna attended the "RocknRolla" world premiere, Madonna wearing a black dress with embellishments.
Madonna attended a screening of "Filth and Wisdom" hosted by The Cinema Society and Dolce and Gabbana.
Madonna shows off her toned arms at the Vanity Fair Oscar Party.
Madonna at the "The Model as Muse: Embodying Fashion" Costume Institute Gala. We have no words for that headdress...
Madonna and Lourdes Leon attend the "Material Girl" collection launch in NYC.
Madonna arrives at the Vanity Fair Oscar Party, wearing a very sheer lace skirt over a bodysuit.
Madonna attends the "Alexander McQueen: Savage Beauty" Costume Institute Gala in an intricate dress with star detailing.
Madonna looks pretty in navy and black with a keyhole cutout, but we'd like her to ditch the fishnets.
Madonna wore this black and grey dress to a premiere of "W.E." and left us wondering... who got tulle-happy on her shoulders?
Madonna poses backstage at the 24th Annual GLAAD Media Awards, dressed like a boy scout.
More fishnets for the Billboard Music Awards -- this lady loves bold fashion choices!
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There are a few things you can always say about Madonna's sartorial choices: they're daring, often black, and the woman loves her fishnets. Today August 16th is the superstar's 56th birthday, but she's never looked better!
We took a look at her style through the years: from the '80s pop sensation to the staple in everything entertainment that she's become today, she's always been a trendsetter. In the recent years she's chosen more refined, classic silhouettes -- but she always manages to squeeze in a bold ensemble complete with her favorite variation of tights.
Click through to see Madonna's style transformation -- from the crazy to the classic!