Wherever he goes is where I’m a fan of,” Brown said of designer John Galliano at a Christian Dior store opening in 2000. “I just love his stuff and his work, it’s funky, fun, edgy, and I’m an edgy artist.”
And edgy she was. The rapper appeared on the January 1999 cover of Vibe Magazine in an oh-so-thin, shimmering bikini. One hand embellished by long, square-tip nails covered her breast as she knowingly gazed into the camera. Even at only 21 years old, Brown knew that she would play a hand in the future of fashion.
Mere months after landing a Vibe cover, Brown appeared in advertisements for Calvin Klein after Kate Moss, W Magazine photographer Bruce Weber and Donatella Versace supported the “I Can’t” rapper. “Foxy has her own sense of style and all the other ingredients to make it really big,” Klein said to Paper Magazine in 1999. “She’s bright, talented, sexy and, most important, she’s not afraid to take risks creatively.”
In 2019, Brown recruited rising rappers Dreezy and Maliibu Miitch to recreate a few looks from her Chyna Doll era. The Gabriel Held-styled shoot proved that her impact is as strong as ever. But hey, this is the queen of New York we’re talking about here, so of course, her impact still stands.
Need inspiration for your nostalgic looks? Check out some of Brown’s hottest styles below.