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Paula Abdul Is The Ultimate American Idol

From cheerleader to choreographer to dancer to pop star, she can do no wrong. Straight Up.

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You know her from American Idol.

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She was the super adorable judge from Seasons 1 - 8. You could always count on her to be super supportive. That is, unless the contestant was terrible, in which case she would let them down easy. Such a sweetheart!

Her rise to fame started in the early '80s when Abdul was a cheerleader for the Los Angeles Lakers.

Seriously, she was a Laker Girl! Within a year of joining the team, Abdul became head choreographer, and her pop career (in dance) totally inevitable.

Remember the "Forever Your Girl" single?

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In 1988 her single "Forever Your Girl" made it to No. 1—a year after she recorded her first demo. A born star! More than that, it took the album 68 weeks to get there, setting a new record. Incredible, right?

I mean, she's definitely responsible for like 100% of the greatest karaoke tunes of all time.

View this video on YouTube

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♪ DO, DO YOU LOVE ME? ♪

It's nearly impossible to pull off dangerous, adorable and sexy all at the same time, but somehow she manages!

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No one who has ever held a gun and worn thigh high leather boots has been able to do that.

Oh, and did I mention she's also an activist?

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Specifically: dogs. In March 2009, the starlet became involved with National Guide Dog Month, inspiring people suffering from blindess to seek assistance through guide dogs. So sweet!

And just this year, Abdul showed her support for the Prostate Cancer Foundation.

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At a Seattle Mariners game, Paula promoted prostate cancer awareness... because prostate cancer is for men what breast cancer is for women. She's incredible!

She's basically as aspirational as they come.

Consider what you make space for in your life. Where is there an opportunity to clear room for the positive? xoP

The Real Paula Abdul

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Consider what you make space for in your life. Where is there an opportunity to clear room for the positive? xoP

Igniting someone else sparks a movement within yourself! xoP

The Real Paula Abdul

@PaulaAbdul

Igniting someone else sparks a movement within yourself! xoP

"Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn't do than by the ones you did do." - Mark Twain

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"Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn't do than by the ones you did do." - Mark Twain

"Be true to your work, your word, and your friend. "~ Henry David Thoreau

The Real Paula Abdul

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"Be true to your work, your word, and your friend. "~ Henry David Thoreau

"Life is a promise; fulfill it." -Mother Teresa

The Real Paula Abdul

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"Life is a promise; fulfill it." -Mother Teresa

"Fun is Good." - Dr. Seuss (When you have fun, you build confidence; when you have confidence, you do amazing things. xoP)

The Real Paula Abdul

@PaulaAbdul

"Fun is Good." - Dr. Seuss (When you have fun, you build confidence; when you have confidence, you do amazing things. xoP)