For those of us who grew up in the 90s Aaliyah was it. We coveted her cool but sexy style, we practiced the dance moves from her videos, and oh, man. Those abs. We wanted those abs.
The R&B princess ruled into the early 2000s with her seductive street style and silky, soulful vocals. And even though she was only 22 when she passed, she left a lasting imprint on the music industry, with lines from her most iconic numbers still being interpolated into today’s big hits (‘Cause I really need somebody, tell me are you that somebody…) and modern artists still citing her influence as inspiration. (As evidenced by Drake’s tattoo, love letter, earpiece, etc. Yeah, the boy’s got it bad. Look it up.)
The urban pop princess and Romeo Must Die actress was a bona fide triple threat, but we wonder now if the lithe trendsetter had supernatural style-predicting powers too among her other talents, as so many of her looks and pieces (cropped tops, leather pants, moto jackets, animal prints, body chains…) are still relevant, even hot, in present day fashion. Today would have been Aaliyah’s 35th birthday, so join us in celebrating the One In A Million singer, actress, and fashion icon. Happy birthday, Aaliyah!
Photos courtesy of Clash, Clutch, Hype, and Last FM