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Women We Heart: Janet Jackson

Things you didn't know...

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    Janet confessed to Blender that she's a "size queen." "My friends tease me about it. I just like...nice packages," she said. "Honestly? He's gotta be hangin'."

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    After embarking on a career in entertainment, Janet appeared on several television shows during the '70s and '80s, including Diff'rent Strokes, Good Times and Fame.

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    In 1991, she signed the first of two record-breaking, multi-million dollar contracts with Virgin Records, establishing her as one of the highest paid artists in the industry.

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    Jackson has credited her older brothers Michael and Jermaine as her primary musical influences.

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    Janet's said that she would be the first in line for tickets to a Jackson 5 reunion, and is constantly pushing her brothers to do it. "One of them is on the fence. Michael's worked very hard at his solo career."

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    In 1973, at the age of seven, Jackson appeared on stage in Las Vegas Strip with her siblings in a routine show at the MGM Casino.

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    Her debut "Janet," released in 1993, saw her develop a public image as a sex symbol
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    During her most profound periods of depression, Janet would turn to food for comfort. "[It was] my best friend a lot of times," Janet told Larry King.

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    She is one of the world's most awarded artists.

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    By the end of the 1990s, Billboard named her the second most successful recording artist of the decade.

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    In addition to an alter ego called Damita Jo (her middle name), she's also known to her family as "Dunk," an abbreviation of Donkey, a nickname Michael coined to describe her sturdy body.

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    When Janet was a young child, her father forbid her from calling him Dad. "I will never forget that. I was really young, about 6 or 7, and as a kid, that was very hurtful to me," she said.

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    Before Janet embarked on her lucrative recording career, she was going to study business law. Her domineering father Joseph heard her sing and said she was good enough to get a deal, and urged her to forgo law school.

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    Her first starring film role was in "Poetic Justice"

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    The key she wore on an earring is a gift from her brother Michael. It was to the cage of a baby deer they took care of as kids.

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    Teri VanHorn of MTV dubbed Jackson "Queen of Radio" as "All For You" made radio airplay history.

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