Halloween is upon us. There are pumpkins, cobwebs and candy corn EVERYWHERE. Your local stores probably have one of those pop-up costume shops as well, and every time you go pass by, you’re reminded that you still don’t have a costume—well yet! Take it from the ESSENCE team. All you need is a a few props, a little creativity and a whole lot of black girl magic to pull off one of these moments from some of our favorite 80’s and 90’s musical divas!
"Aaliyah is the OG cool girl: she rocked baggy men's jeans and body con dresses with equal aplomb and was a trendsetter far ahead of her time (ombré hair? defined brows? Aaliyah mastered those way back in the '90s.) I vividly remember the first time I heard "Are You That Somebody?" and I remember how enchanted I was with her crop tops, long beautiful hair, and fluidly effortless dancing. I chose to evoke Aaliyah for Halloween because a.) she's probably my favorite artist of all time, b.) her look is timeless while also impossible to miss and c.) I found my aunt's old Tommy Hilfiger tube top and couldn't not evoke the princess of R&B!" -Sonaiya Kelley, Content Producer