Performer Diana Ross watches as President Barack Obama speaks during the 'Christmas in Washington' concert, attended by President Barack Obama, at the National Building Museum on December 9, 2012 in Washington, D.C. The concert benefits the National Childrens Medical Center and is hosted by comedian Conan O'Brien. (Molly Riley-Pool/Getty Images)

Diana Ross was born March 26, 1944 in Detroit, Michigan. She was born to a U.S. Army soldier father and a schoolteacher mother and raised in the projects, on the north side of Detroit.

Ross, as a member of Motown’s The Supremes, had her first big hit in 1964 with “Where Did Our Love Go?” She’s since had a long career as a solo act and as an Oscar-nominated actress.

Throughout her career, this diva has been lauded for her unique personal style.

According to biographies, Ross wanted to be a fashion designer and studied design and pattern making at Cass Technical High School in Detroit as a young woman. Instead, she became an iconic singer and took her passion for fashion with her.

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