Promoting her new album, Missy Elliot appears on the cover of ELLE Magazine USA, looking every bit as hip as she is known for. The music icon is wearing a Marc Jacobs track suit and is appearing on a cover for the first time in a decade, and still bringing the ‘Missy effect’
The 45-year-old rap icon discussed fearlessly expressing herself, especially through her music videos. She revealed to the magazine that the iconic black plastic bag suit in the 1997 video for “The Rain” was actually a way to mask her shyness and tap into her power.
“To me, the outfit was a way to mask my shyness behind all the chaos of the look,” she said. “Although I am shy, I was never afraid to be a provocative woman. The outfit was a symbol of power. I loved the idea of feeling like a hip-hop Michelin woman. 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.”
Elle’s June issue will hit newsstands on May 16.
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