New Bachelorette Emily Maynard was born on February 1, 1986 which makes … the rest of us old and Emily a young and frisky 26 years old.

Credit: Emily Maynard on Facebook Photo: Emily Maynard and Daughter, Ricki, All Dressed Up for Christmas 2011

As ABC exec @Millsy11374 tweeted today, “Happy Birthday to our #Bachelorette @EmilyMaynard! Hope you have a magical day. Can't wait to see you soon!”

Southern Barbie has packed a lot of life into her 26 years, including falling in love twice, having one adorable little girl, and dating lots of interesting fellas. She’ll be back in the hot seat this May as the Season 8 Bachelorette.

Miss Em is an Aquarius which means (at least according to this site) her strengths are being witty, clever, humanitarian, inventive, and original. Aquarius weaknesses are being stubborn, unemotional, sarcastic, rebellious, and aloof. (Those weaknesses don’t sound like Em!)

Happy birthday, Emily! Hope this is your best year yet.

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