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"Aaliyah is the OG cool girl: she rocked baggy men's jeans and bodycon 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
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"I chose to be Toni Braxton, because hello she's Toni Braxton! We’re talking about one of the original R&B divas, who literally has a song for everything thing you could possibly be going through. I couldn’t resist paying homage to one of the greats.”
—Alexis Reliford, Assistant Editor
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"I chose Lil’ Kim because I’m an '80s baby and growing up in the '90s, the Queen Bee was everything. She was this little lady who stood tall amongst all the great rappers of her day; the respected, First Lady in a group of Bad Boys that included Puffy, Biggie, The L.O.X., Lil Cease. Her style was gritty and unapologetic but from her demeanor, style, and outfit choices you knew she was all woman. Plus, if you were even a small fan of '90s hip-hop, the iconic 'Crush on You' video is forever engrained in your memory."
—Tanya A. Christian, Assistant Editor
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