updated 12/25/1989 AT 01:00 AM EST
•originally published 12/25/1989 AT 01:00 AM EST
Abdul might have remained simply the owner of Hollywood's happiest feet if she hadn't decided to add a hyphen (dancer dash singer), release an LP, Forever Your Girl, and strut her own stuff on MTV. The results? Three No. 1 singles in 1989, 4 million albums sold and an air of giddy disbelief that sits delightfully on her 5'2" frame. To celebrate, she recently bought a house and a black Jaguar; the only thing missing in her life is a major-league beau ("I don't have time for one, honestly"). "It has been one of those years that if I was never successful again, I'd feel okay," says Abdul, 26. "I've realized all the dreams I ever had as a little girl."