The iconic rapper Missy Elliott is ready to make a triumphant return to music today following a four-year hiatus. It’s been way too long since “Shake Your Pom Pom,” and we’re counting down the minutes until 7 p.m., when she drops not just one, but two new singles! In honor of her comeback we’ve decided to give you a look into the influential rapper’s closet of Supa Dupa Fly looks. Whether it was wearing a big black latex balloon as jumpsuit or full-out Adidas outfit, Missy has always brought us some of the most outrageous clothing the entertainment world has ever known. Today we see the insane looks from Nicki Minaj, but let us never forget about Missy E’s flamboyant jumpsuits and out-of-control costumes. We’ll be reminded of how she can push the limits and “Work It” soon enough with the new album that’s on its way.
Missy has made a few appearances on songs in the past few years like on Demi Lovato’s “All Night Long,” Katy Perry’s “Last Friday Night (Remix),” and J. Cole’s “Nobody’s Perfect.” Let’s hope we get more looks to add to the Missy’s craziest looks repertoire with this new era of her solo career!
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As Mary J. Blige gets set to perform on VH1 Divas Celebrates Soul (airing Mon., Dec. 19 at 9PM EST), we’ve been wondering why the Queen of Hip-Hop Soul is so universally loved. We’d guess it partially has to do with Mary J. practicing what she preaches in her hit “My Life.” The lyrics, in case you’ve forgotten:
When you’re feelin down
You should never fake it
Say what’s on your mind
And you’ll find in time
That all the negative energy
It would all cease
Mary has always been unafraid to speak her mind, both in her music and to the press. She’s open about her personal struggles and pain, and this feels refreshing in an age when many celebs seem muzzled as part of image campaigns. In other words, Mary J. is always Mary J. She’s moved from a rough life in a Yonkers housing project to A-list mega-star who hangs out at Vanity Fair Oscar parties — all the while retaining impeccable street cred. We usually arrange our Top Hottest Looks photos from least to most hot. But with this feature we’ve arranged them in chronological order. You’ll notice that Mary J. has had a dramatic style metamorphosis over the years. As her fame has grown, it seems her style savvy and number of stylists has too.
Catch VH1 Divas Celebrates Soul Monday, Dec. 19 at 9PM EST. The lineup includes Mary J. Blige, plus Jennifer Hudson, Erykah Badu, Jill Scott, Florence + The Machine, Kelly Clarkson, Jessie J and many others.
Just yesterday we were listening to “Gossip Folks” and practically weeping, just thinking to ourselves that there are children alive today who don’t know how hard Missy Elliot is capable of killing it. Anyone alive and possessing ears between 1997 and 2007 knows exactly what we’re talking about. However, as the singer now reveals, Missy Elliot’s Graves’ disease diagnosis hit her hard in 2008, and the rapper has slowly been in recovery ever since. “I was [driving and] trying to put my foot on the brake, but my leg was jumping,” Elliot recalls about her struggle with the autoimmune disease. “I couldn’t keep the brake down and almost crashed. I couldn’t write because my nervous system was so bad—I couldn’t even use a pen.”
While Graves’ disease is incurable, symptoms like hyperthyroidism, hair loss and weight gain are treatable; Elliot cites radiation treatment as helping put her illness into remission. “I’m 30 pounds lighter because I’ve been exercising,” Elliot says. “My thyroid is functioning, so I haven’t had to take medication in about nine months. [But] you live with it for the rest of your life.” Because this is the same woman who had approximately 5,000 songs on the radio at the same time during the late nineties, Missy Elliot’s new album, yet another collabo with partner Timbaland, will drop sometime this year, Missy Elliot’s Behind The Music episode premieres next Wednesday, and the rap game will completely change once again about 90 minutes after her album goes for sale on iTunes.