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Melody Thomas Scott Of The Young And The Restless Is Daytime Royalty

Dress by Azzi & Osta. Ring by Mahrukh Akuly Jewelry. Shoes, stylist's own.

Photography by Andrew Eccles. Styled by Christina Pacelli.

Melody Thomas Scott celebrates 40 years on Y&R with a glam photo shoot.

It wouldn't be an exaggeration to call Melody Thomas Scott a living legend. She has been beloved for 40 years as the Nikki Newman on The Young and the Restless. In addition to her big anniversary on the show (in 2019), Y&R has held the number one Daytime drama spot for over 30 years!

To toast and document the momentous occasion, Watch teamed up with photographer Andrew Eccles and stylist Christina Pacelli for the ultimate cover photo shoot for our March-April 2019 issue. The gorgeous results are fit for a queen. Scroll to see more fabulous photos of Melody Thomas Scott!

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Melody Thomas Scott is a showbiz veteran.

Melody Thomas Scott of The Young and the Restless in a cape style gold McQueen gown

Dress by Alexander McQueen. Short necklace and ring by Missoma. Long necklace by Miranda Frye. Earrings by Simon G.

Photography by Andrew Eccles. Styled by Christina Pacelli.

Melody Thomas Scott's illustrious career started long before she gained fame on The Young and the Restless—at age 8 she appeared in Alfred Hitchcock's 1964 masterpiece Marnie, before going on to work with Clint Eastwood, John Wayne, and Kirk Douglas.

Melody Thomas Scott is the picture of sweetness.

Melody Thomas Scott of The Young and the Restless in an evening gown on a patio

Dress by Tarik Ediz. Jewelry by Simon G.

Photography by Andrew Eccles. Styled by Christina Pacelli.

The real Melody Thomas Scott couldn't be more different from Nikki Newman. Her on-screen character is from the wrong side of the tracks and has been married 12 times. "If I see a woman behaving like Nikki," Melody tells us, "I think, Thank God I'm not really like that."

Melody Thomas Scott is fit and focused.

Melody Thomas Scott of The Young and the Restless in a white gown with red lipstick

Dress by Azzi & Osta. Ring by Mahrukh Akuly Jewelry. Shoes, stylist's own.

Photography by Andrew Eccles. Styled by Christina Pacelli.

Melody Thomas Scott credits her thrice-weekly yoga routine for keeping her in shape both physically and mentally.

Melody Thomas Scott has star quality.

Melody Thomas Scott of The Young and the Restless in a metallic pewter evening gown

Dress by Tarik Ediz. Jewelry by Simon G.

Photography by Andrew Eccles. Styled by Christina Pacelli.

When Melody Thomas Scott auditioned for the show, she had her talent test on a Friday, heard she got the part the following Monday, and started work the next day! She told us, "I had never seen an episode of the show, and I had no idea what I was getting into."

40-Love to Melody Thomas Scott

Melody Thomas Scott of The Young and the Restless in a colorful dress with a tennis racquet

Blazer by Christian Dior. Dress by Cushnie. Shoes by Valentina Rangoni. Earrings by Briwok. Rings by Simon G.

Photography by Andrew Eccles. Styled by Christina Pacelli.

Throughout her four decades on The Young and the Restless, Melody Thomas Scott has shown us she's got game. Her character Nikki Newman has had some decidedly juicy and dramatic storylines over the years!

Melody Thomas Scott is an ace.

Melody Thomas Scott serving on a tennis court in high heels

Dress by Cushnie. Earrings by Briwok. Rings by Simon G.

Dress by Tarik Ediz. Jewelry by Simon G.

Always playing the game her way, Melody Thomas Scott tells us she's a tough Aries on the cusp of Taurus with the "double ram, bull, in-your-face, watch-out kind of a thing."

She adds, "As I age, I'm getting worse in that way. If something happens that is wrong, I think, I have to go fix that. My mouth always gets me into trouble."

Melody Thomas Scott does it her way.

Melody Thomas Scott of The Young and the Restless in a red dress with red heels

Dress by Teri Jon. Hat by Ezgi Cinar. Shoes by Bruno Magli. Rings by Simon G.

Photography by Andrew Eccles. Styled by Christina Pacelli.

We couldn't resist asking Melody Thomas Scott about her sartorial weakness.

She told us, "Certainly Chanel. And Manolo Blahnik shoes. I mean, I have a lot of Chanel shoes, too, but nothing is as comfortable or as gorgeous as Manolo Blahnik. Although … Jimmy Choo. You should see my closet at home. Terrible. I had over 600 pairs of shoes. Then I [decided to have] an auction and probably parted with 300 of them."

Melody Thomas Scott always stands out.

Melody Thomas Scott of The Young and the Restless in a blue beaded gown against a blue tiled wall

Dress by Fouad Sarkis Couture. Shoes by Manolo Blahnik. Jewelry by Simon G.

Photography Andrew Eccles. Styled by Christina Pacelli.

"I'm 62 years old. If I'm not going to say it now, I'm never going to say it." — Melody Thomas Scott on becoming empowered to talk to producers and writers over the years.

Melody Thomas Scott cuts her own path.

Melody Thomas Scott of The Young and the Restless pretending to use an old fashioned lawn mower

Dress by Teri Jon. Hat by Ezgi Cinar. Shoes by Bruno Magli. Rings by Simon G.

Photography by Andrew Eccles. Styled by Christina Pacelli.

"The actors' life is get a job, do the job, and go back out there and do it all over again. But this job changed all that. This was a permanent job for what I thought would only be three years, and three years became six, and six became nine, and here we are at 40." — Melody Thomas Scott on how playing Nikki Newman has given her life beyond her wildest dreams.

Melody Thomas Scott is a role model.

Melody Thomas Scott of The Young and the Restless in a gold gown next to a swimming pool

Dress by Alexander McQueen. Short necklace and ring by Missoma. Long necklace by Miranda Frye. Earrings by Simon G.

Photography Andrew Eccles. Styled by Christina Pacelli.

Melody Thomas Scott joined The Young and the Restless at just 22 and she's seen a lot of cultural shifts for young women in the industry over the years.

She tells us that when she started, "Jeanne Cooper [who played Katherine Chancellor] was the trailblazer, and she would teach all of us to stick up for ourselves. Now, I'm the wise, old lady trying to steer them right."

Melody Thomas Scott is intoxicating.

Melody Thomas Scott of The Young and the Restless in a blue embellished gown with a high slit

Dress by Fouad Sarkis Couture. Shoes by Manolo Blahnik. Jewelry by Simon G.

Photography by Andrew Eccles. Styled by Christina Pacelli.

Melody Thomas Scott told us some of her favorite storylines come from "A drunk Nikki, and I don't know why. It's fun for me to play it, and all the fans love it."

The lyrical Melody Thomas Scott

Melody Thomas Scott of The Young and the Restless in a sheer black gown next to a piano

Dress by Ines Di Santo. Jewelry by Simon G.

Photography by Andrew Eccles. Styled by Christina Pacelli.

"After you've been on a show for so long, it becomes almost like one of your children." — Melody Thomas Scott, reflecting on her longevity on Y&R.

Melody Thomas Scott is captivating.

Melody Thomas Scott of The Young and the Restless leaning on a piano bench

Dress by Ines Di Santo. Jewelry by Simon G.

Photography by Andrew Eccles. Styled by Christina Pacelli.

When we asked Melody Thomas Scott what her legacy would be, she told us, "That's not for me to say. That's for others to say." She added, "My joke answer would be my 600 pairs of shoes."

EXCLUSIVE VIDEO: Y&R's Melody Thomas Scott Couldn't Be More Beautiful

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