Happy Birthday, Bindi Irwin!
In celebration of the nature conservationist and Dancing With the Stars champ turning 18 on Sunday, we've rounded up 18 reasons why we love her. Check 'em out below!
1. Preserving her late father's legacy.
It's been nearly 10 years since Bindi's father, Crocodile Hunter star Steve Irwin, died. Since then, the wildlife warrior has taken it upon herself to preserve her dad's legacy at the Australia Zoo. The birthday girl is celebrating the milestone with a "Camping With the Stars" celebration at the 100-acre animal park, where she'll enjoy a brekky barbecue, three-legged races, rock-wall climbing and plush croc wrestling with visitors.
2. She's just like us!
When your little brother and your boyfriend decide that Adele is always a good idea. In the back of a convertible. In Hawaii. Also, thanks to Chandler's older brother for driving and laughing along with me on this... #LittleBrothers #CouldntResistPosting sorry @chandlerpowell but you and Robert honestly bring me so much joy! I think I laughed for a good 20 minutes at this one.
She may be a household name, but Bindi proved she's just like any normal teen when she Instagrammed this delightful, down-to-earth video of herself jamming out to Adele's "Hello" during a car ride with her boyfriend, Chandler Powell, and brother, Robert.
3. Her smile is contagious.
It's rare to see a photo of Bindi not smiling -- she's constantly flashing her picture-perfect grin!
4. She encourages us all to be better.
Take one quick look at Bindi's Instagram page, and you'll instantly be inspired. The TV personality frequently posts uplifting, motivational messages to the popular app.
5. Like father, like daughter.
In addition to preserving her dad's legacy, she also reminds us he'll forever be her role model. "Steve and Bindi were just absolutely inseparable," Bindi's mother, Terri, said of her late husband during a taping of Dancing With the Stars. "I'd never met anyone bigger, tougher, stronger, and yet more sweet and sensitive. Especially when it came to Bindi."
"I can remember being little and the one thing I wanted to do was be just like dad when I grew up," Bindi added. "I still feel like that."
6. She enjoys posting a sweet selfie every now and then.
This gorgeous selfie proved she's all grown up (and has officially entered her "rebellious" phase).
7. Her and Chandler Powell = #RelationshipGoals!
Hiking and swimming in waterfalls with this one. And then, as everyone who knows me understands, being freezing and trying to cuddle up in the biggest towel possible. Finding someone who always makes you smile, no matter what happens in life, is pretty wonderful. Thanks for being there for years. I have the kindest family and most beautiful friends, blessed doesn't even come close. Thank you to everyone out there, who is reading this, for taking this journey with me and sharing my life with me. I'm grateful every day for the love and light in my life, just like this.
Bindi and her professional wakeboarder boyfriend are constantly giving us all the feels. Whether they're gushing over each other in interviews, or posting sweet messages via social media, their love story couldn't be any cuter. "[Chandler's] such a kind and genuine person that I'm really blessed," Bindi told ET in March. "He's a huge part of my journey in life. At this point in my life, I'm looking forward to a lot of things. I'm going to be 18. There's so much on the horizon!"
8. She encourages others.
Not only does the Australian native inspire us daily, but she has a heart of gold that certainly doesn't go unnoticed. While she was competing on season 21 of Dancing With the Stars, Bindi -- who went home with the mirror ball trophy -- was always praising others' performances. Even though it was a competition, Bindi loved cheering on the other contestants!
"The kindest human being. Thank you for always making us smile in the studio and giving such terrific hugs!" she captioned a photo of her and fellow contestant Andy Grammer backstage.
9. Her modeling skills are next level.
Guys!! I'm so excited, I have wonderful news! Want to help support wildlife conservation? Officially announcing my brand new shirt supporting wildlife conservation with @wildlifewarriorsworldwide 🌏 The link is in my bio. They are only available for 14 DAYS!! Check it out at represent.com/bindi Thank you for all of your support, it means the world x
Move over, Britney Spears! Bindi makes posing with a snake look effortless… and somehow, shockingly adorable.
10. She makes everyone feel special.
Happy birthday to one of my best friends on Earth. A human being who I was blessed enough to meet last year, who changed my life. You will always be family to me and I can't thank you enough for the amazing journey last year and teaching me so much every day since! Your guidance and support as a teacher, partner and big brother means the world. Have the best day and I'll see you soon. A million hugs (always!!) Love you🐊 #TeamCrikeyAlways #AndHatTimeHostsOnTheSide @derekhough
When one of Bindi's friends, role models or family members turns a year older, she is always one of the first people to hop on social media and honor them with a special birthday message. Plus, the accompanying pics are equally sweet.
11. She's constantly reaching for the stars.
Never stop dreaming, Bindi!
12. Bindi may officially be an adult now, but her adorable demeanor clearly hasn't changed one bit.
Her throwback pics? The most precious!
"This is a 4 year old Bindi, with my beautiful corn snake," Bindi captioned one of her latest vintage snaps. "Back then all my best friends were usually animals."
13. She appreciates the little things in life.
Bindi leads a busy lifestyle, but she still finds time to take "beautiful" trips -- like this one to Rotorua, New Zealand -- with her friends and family.
14. Work hard, play hard!
It's no secret that Bindi takes her career very seriously, but at the same time, she's never afraid to let out her silly side. You do you, girl!
15. She finds peace through painting.
She acts, she dances, she sings. Is there anything she can't do? Apparently not -- Bindi's also an artist.
16. She pokes fun at herself at photo shoots…
Photoshoots are funny things, especially when you're a girl who lives in khaki shorts and the same old shoes everywhere she goes. So therefore, I would like to send my most sincere appreciation to Mick, for holding this lovely umbrella for me while I was busy trying to figure out how to walk in this rather huge, beautiful dress. I would also like to thank the individual who bought this dress on Valentine's Day @AustraliaZoo for us to raise funds for the @wildlifewarriorsworldwide Wildlife Hospital ❤️ Happy day of love to all x
Back in February, Bindi looked lovely while rocking a red-hot dress, ankle boots and fedora, but she couldn't help herself from joking about the "funny" photo shoot that was out of her element. "I would like to send my most sincere appreciation to Mick, for holding this lovely umbrella for me while I was busy trying to figure out how to walk in this rather huge, beautiful dress," the teenager, who admits she "lives in khaki shorts and the same old shoes," shared via Instagram.
17. …but rocks it on the red carpet!
Bindi appeared flawless during her latest red carpet appearance at the Steve Irwin Gala Dinner in Los Angeles in May. She donned a flowy black-and-white dress, heels and a sparkly statement necklace. So chic!
18. She never forgets where she came from.
Through good times and bad, Bindi can't stress the importance of family enough. Her father may be gone, but he'll always hold a special place in her heart. "We are so close," she recently told ET of the special bond her family has created. "Because we truly believe that the meaning of life is unconditional love, and as a family, we're always there for each other."