There is always a method to Missy Elliott’s madness, and now we know why she chose to rock the hell out of that giant black plastic bag in her 1997 video for “The Rain.”
“One thing I won’t do is compromise. I will never do something based on what everybody else is telling me to do. And have to kick myself in the ass every night. Nah. I have to make sure that it’s right. I’ve been through so many stumbling blocks to build a legacy, so I wouldn’t want to do something just to fit in. Because I never fit in. So….” — @missymisdemeanorelliott on our 2017 Women in Music cover, with an exclusive interview by Rachel Kaadzi Ghansah. Grab your copy on newsstands now. || ELLE June 2017, photo by @markseliger, styled by @misahylton and @samiranasr. Tap for credits.
Missy is Elle Magazine‘s cover girl for the June issue. In her accompanying interview with the fashion mag, the hip hop renaissance woman dropped some fascinating gems about the inspiration behind her puffy black suit. “To me, the outfit was a way to mask my shyness behind all the chaos of the look,” Elliott tells the magazine. “Although I am shy, I was never afraid to be a provocative woman.”
Though shy is never the first word that comes to mind for this boundary-pushing artist/producer, Missy says she had no qualms about her vision for this look. “The outfit was a symbol of power. I loved the idea of feeling like a hip-hop Michelin woman,” she explains. “I knew I could have on a blow-up suit and still have people talking. It was bold and different. I’ve always seen myself as an innovator and a creative unlike any other.”
Countless other artists have jumped on Missy’s creative and futuristic wave – most recently American designer Marc Jacobs who shouted out his fave for wearing his Fall/Winter 2017 collection in the shoot.
You super-fans may remember that Missy was actually the face of Jacobs’s Fall 2016 campaign. “From the moment I heard, ’The Rain’, back in 1997, I was entranced by the genius rhythms and brilliant rhymes of Missy Elliott,” Jacobs wrote last year on Instagram. “It was a dream of mine to work with her and I’m happy to share this portrait by David Sims for our Fall ’16 campaign.”
"MISSY, Supa Dupa Fly From the moment I heard, The Rain, back in 1997, I was entranced by the genius rhythms and brilliant rhymes of Missy Elliott. Missy’s music has kept me and my design team happily energized through countless weekdays, weeknights and weekends during those long hours of sketching, fitting, styling and doing looks. In addition to the boundless energy of her music are the visually pulsating and wildly cartoon-like music videos she made in collaboration with the talented and visionary, Hype Williams. I am in continued awe of Missy’s ability to push the boundaries of the style of music both to the eye and to the ear. It was a dream of mine to work with her and I'm happy to share this portrait by David Sims for our Fall '16 campaign." -@themarcjacobs • Photographed by David Sims Styling direction by @kegrand Casting by @bitton Hair direction by @guidopalau Makeup direction by @diane.kendal Nails by @jinsoonchoi Set design by @stefanbeckman #MJFW16
An Elle cover, a new album and documentary all in one year? What did we do to deserve all this Missy?!
Watch Fantasia, Monica and Tweet pay tribute to Missy Elliott with a medley of ’Free Yourself,’ ’So Gone,’ ’Oops, Oh My’ and ’Lady Marmalade.’