Beep! Beep! Who’s got the keys to the jeep?
We all know who those iconic lyrics belong to: the one and only hip-hop legend, Missy Misdemeanor Elliott. The rap legend covers Elle‘s June issue and talks music, social media, and, of course, her legendary sense of style. Missy has turned look after look over the span of her decades-long career, and finally — 10 years later — we know why she chose to rock the hell out of that giant black plastic bag in her 1997 video for “The Rain.”
It turns out, that outfit carried a meaning that went much deeper than just an unexpected, shock value-filled getup. “To me, the outfit was a way to mask my shyness behind all the chaos of the look. Although I am shy, I was never afraid to be a provocative woman. The outfit was a symbol of power,” Elliott said.
“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,” she continued.
S/O @elleusa (ELLE MAGAZINE) for having me on the cover of their JUNE ISSUE!!!✊🏾🔥😍 it's a great interview & I hope it will be inspiring to many of u to hear my testimonies about my ups and downs but I'm STILL HERE by the Grace of God🙏🏾I hope after y'all read the interview u will feel it's okay to just BE YOU! Never compromise just to fit in👎🏾BE YOURSELF & STAND OUT no matter what anyone says✊🏾Now make sure yall COP the June issue!!! It's #FUTURISTIC #StillSupaDupaFlyness🔥🔥🔥😜
And there you have it people. After all these years, it’s refreshing to hear Missy get so candid about her style choices that still have people talking 10 years later.
Missy Elliott’s Elle cover issue is on newsstands now.