On February 27, 1979, actress Melody Thomas Scott began airing in the role of The Young and the Restless's Nikki. Over the years, the character would go from rags to riches, fall in and out of love with mogul, Victor Newman [Eric Braeden], and live through triumphs and tragedies!

Nikki is still going strong, and is now one of Genoa City's most prominent females. We are pleased to congratulate Melody on the upcoming thirty year anniversary of starring as Nikki on Y&R! We thought this the perfect time to take a look back to the past - to when Victor first laid eyes on Nikki - stripping! Enjoy!

What has been your all-time favorite storyline involving Nikki? Leave your thoughts - and Soaps.com style congratulations for Melody - below in the comment section!