Pretty Little Liars star Shay Mitchell (Emily) turns 25 years old today, and we’ve come up with ten reasons why we love the playful, stylish star.

1. Her PLL character is inspiring. Emaya has spawned endless Facebook fan pages and Tumblrs devoted to one of the most beloved lesbian relationships on TV. As she told Bullett Magazine, “After seeing the show, I think I might have given someone even just a little bit of strength to [come out] too.”

2. That hair! Pantene picked a winner when they selected Shay to become one of their brand ambassadors. Her hair always looks flawless.

3. The leather pants. Shay somehow manages to make black leather pants look effortless, as seen here.

4. Her behind-the-scenes shenanigans with Keegan Allen. We love this photo, for example.

5. Her carefree vacations with friends. Check Shay out on this vacation to Ireland!

6. She’s grown into her character. Shay has come a long way since her days as an extra on Degrassi. As Emily’s character has grown more complex, Shay has found new ways to channel her newfound acting confidence.

7. She’s Canadian. Yes, she follows in the footsteps of Elisha Cuthbert and Anna Paquin, who have paved the way for Canadian beauties in Hollywood.

8. She keeps her private life private. Unlike her three PLL co-stars, she keeps the media in the dark when it comes to her love life, and we can respect that.

9. She stays out of the tabloids. Shay is no Lindsay Lohan or Paris Hilton. She stays away from the club scene, and has yet to show up on the cover of a tabloid for being wasted.

10. Her website. At www.ShayMitchell.com, you can see Shay’s own personalized vision boards, what fashion trends she’s noticing, and photos from her everyday life.

Happy birthday, Shay!

Molly Friedman is an editor at Wetpaint. Follow her @MollyFriedman.

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