Missy Elliott’s Supa Dupa Fly celebrates its 20th anniversary on July 15 and like other classic albums, its long-lasting influence goes beyond music.
The 17-track LP marked Elliott’s arrival as a solo artist, having previously been a part of 90’s girl group “Sista”, as well as a songwriter for acts such as Jodeci, Aaliyah and several members of the Swing Mob collective.
Together, she and Timbaland created a sound that was unlike anything of its time and ultimately, helped ushered in a wave of similarly minded artists into the new millennium.
Aside from the groundbreaking production, Missy's music videos also carried a unique aesthetic that we had never seen before. Assisted by the the fashion expertise of rising stylists like June Ambrose (who was responsible for the shiny, trash bag-like jumpsuit in “The Rain”) and direction by Hype Williams and Dave Meyers, "The Rain" was would be the first of many visuals to become an integral part of Elliott's legacy.
More than anything, the singer and rapper showed us all that what we see as beautiful isn't limited to what society teaches us. She empowered fans to create a personal style on their own terms and rock it boldly. And if that weren't enough, she continues to live by example; something we can all appreciate in the age of social media when others are quick to judge as they scroll.
To further commemorate the 20th anniversary of her solo debut, get reacquainted with the music video looks that we're still enamored with after all of these years, starting with "The Rain."
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