Credit: Girlie/Fame Pictures Photo: Taylor Momsen Smokes While Shopping on 5th Avenue New York on May 5, 2011

We know we can sometimes be hard on Taylor Momsen (Jenny), but we like to think that’s just our protective instincts kicking in. What is it they say? You always hurt the ones you love? That doesn’t exactly apply, but you know what we mean. And we’re easing up today, because it’s Miss Momsen’s 18th birthday! She’s grown up so fast. As is a time-honored Wetpaint Entertainment tradition, we’d like to share a few reasons why we really do love Tay.

1. She keeps the eyeliner industry in business.

2. She’s not afraid to embrace her true self.

3. She’s was in a Shake ‘n Bake commercial at the tender age of 3.

4. She’s a Dior model!

5. Girlfriend has got a wicked set of pipes.

6. She has a daring fashion sense.

Happy Birthday, Taylor! We raise our Shirley Temple to you!

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