Aaliyah was R&B’s sweetheart…and the sexiest tomboy in pop culture history!
As we countdown to the premiere of the Aaliyah biopic tonight premiering on Lifetime network, I thought it only fitting that we discuss what the she has done for fashion. Though the biopic is destined to be an acute failure, with little hope of telling Aaliyah’s story with any semblance of authenticity, the woman herself was a trendsetter. Aaliyah had the voice of an angel and gave the world timeless tracks like If Your Girl Only Knew, Age Ain’t Nothing but a Number, and 4 Page letter…among many many others. She shaped the listening tastes of many 80’s babies, but she shaped something else…our closets! The iconized songstress will forever be remembered for showing us girls that are less than girly (but still fashionable) that we can be sexy too!
From men’s underwear to baggy pants and halters, we learned from this beautiful woman that Sporty Spice was not our only alternative! I remember my first leather vest like it was yesterday! I showed up to school in this vest with a pair of stonewash jeggings, a black wife beater and some patent leather combat boots and stomped through the joint like I owned the place. My black hair in a high ponytail with a leather scrunchie and my black lipstick made me feel like a sexy thug, and I owe it all to the one and only Aaliyah. I was killin em yall…killin softly! (excuse the 90’s era jargon, FLASHBACK)
Today, tomboys, STEM’S, and girls who don’t like yeast infection-tight jeans alike can wave their combat boot lover flags high! Why? Because Aaliyah showed us that with a little makeup, some midriff, and a dream…we can be sexy and intimidating at the same time. Now that leather joggers are making a huge comeback, we can reminisce of those days even more without looking like we’re trapped in a time machine. But, we can also sex it up and wear flowing dresses and bikini tops and surprise the shit out of people like our lady Aaliyah did in the rock the boat videos! Because of her and other 90’s greats, we can switch it up with confidence and style!