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26 Times Nina Dobrev Was Your Ultimate Inspiration

We hear she does hair care commercials… in Japan.

Nina Dobrev knows how to have fun. When she's not busy filming "The Vampire Diaries" in Atlanta, she's most likely on a beach somewhere, soaking in the sun, practicing her yoga poses, and spontaneously busting out some dance moves. Needless to say, we can't think of a better life coach.

Today (January 9), Dobrev turns 26, so in honor of her sure-to-be fabulous birthday, we're looking back at 26 of her most inspirational moments.

  1. When she rocked this mermaid braid at the Teen Choice Awards.
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    Hair on fleek.

  2. When she kicked Captain America's ass.
  3. When she contemplated the meaning of life on a dock. #serenity
  4. When she did a hair care commercial... in Japan.
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    Regina George, who?

  5. When she advocated for health care.
  6. When she poured herself this glass of rose.
  7. When she befriended a rando cat.
  8. When she casually took a selfie with Lil Wayne.
  9. When her character on "The Vampire Diaries" got a red streak in her hair.
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  10. When she had this telepathic conversation with her cat.
  11. When she took a nap in the middle of a party.
  12. When she wore this bear jacket in public.
  13. When she proved things don't have to be awkward between you and your ex-boo.
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  14. When she had a "Degrassi" reunion with Drake.
  15. When she brought the bow back.
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  16. When her and her BFFs took this bike selfie.
  17. When she reminded us to smile.
  18. When she woke up one morning and decided to do this.
  19. When she danced it out with Derek and Julianne Hough.
  20. When she wasn't afraid to fangirl over Maddie Ziegler.
  21. When she did a Spartan Race in memory of Sarah Jones.
  22. When she dedicated this one "to the ladies."
  23. When she went to the US Open with Paul Wesley and wore this fab hat.

    #Stelena forever.

  24. When she posted this "blooper" from the VMAs.
  25. When she joined the cast of "Annie."
  26. When she did a yoga pose on Conan O'Brien.

Happy birthday, Nina!