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19 Times That Missy Elliott Was So Flawless She Made Us Realise We Should All Just Stop Trying

No one else could wear a giant trash bag to the MTV VMAs and look this cool.

Can you believe it's been a whole 21 years since Missy Elliot stepped on the scene with her debut album Supa Dupa Fly?!

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Yeah, neither can I.

So settle down and get comfortable as we take a trip down memory lane and remember some of Missy's most ~iconic~ moments.

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1. Like when she said no to wearing a dress, and walked the red carpet in a velour pink sweatsuit instead.

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Missy basically invented sports luxe.

2. When she flawlessly colour blocked in the video for "The Rain."

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It's a bold look, and she pulls it off.

3. And who can forget when she promoted herself by wearing her ~own face~ on a pair of jeans.

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A genius marketing strategy.

4. When she kept us all on our toes with this chorus...

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"Ti esrever dna ti pilf, nwod gniht ym tup."

5. ...Which is still blowing minds in 2018.

Hi hello, if you play “Work It” by Missy Elliot in reverse it says the same lyrics. I’m shook


6. The time that she clapped back at her haters in song form.

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Is there a better way to shut down gossip than by releasing a super catchy song that has it's own dance routine? Missy was the original clapback queen.

7. Or when she referenced her much discussed body shape in "Lose Control".

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Nothing says body positivity more than the lyrics, “I got a cute face, chubby waist... Make you do a double take."

8. She kept it real about ladies' grooming.

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She said what we're all thinking...

9. The video for "Get Ur Freak On" was a masterpiece...

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It's been 17 years, and Missy teleporting through a jungle is still way ahead of it's time.

10. ...And she basically risked her life for the sake of this scene in "Worth It."

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Anyone who can stay this calm while covered in bees is an icon tbh.

11. No one can forget when she popped up in the FLOTUS' carpool karaoke.

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We love Michelle, but Missy totally stole the show from the back seat.

12. And she stunned the world in her amazing comeback at the 2015 Superbowl Halftime Show.

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Who could've guessed that Missy would jump out on stage with Katy Perry?!

13. When she empowered women by calling out double standards in the rap industry.

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Missy stood her ground and drew attention to sexism, reclaimed the word bitch, and completely owned being at the top of the game.

14. And when she sent out this important message to women everywhere.

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Missy's a feminist icon who's always encouraged women to be just as much of a boss as she is.

15. When she showcased young talent in her music videos.

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Every kid dreamed of featuring in a Missy video.

16. Don't forget that Missy co-produced one of the most ~legendary~ songs of the noughties, "Lady Marmalade."

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Girl power at it's finest.

17. She made sure that all eyes were on her when she arrived at the 2001 MTV VMAs.

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She flew in on a chandelier. Missy knows how make a grand entrance.

18. But she outdid herself by recreating this unique look from her "The Rain" video at the 2006 awards.

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No one else could wear a giant trash bag to the VMAs and look this cool.

19. And after all this, she's still really down to earth.

Thank you so much for having me apart of ya 🔥 album! I got to write a song for Ariana🙌🏾 I’m humbly grateful🙏🏾

She's even written a song for Ariana's new album!

Someone give Missy Elliott a lifetime achievement award already!

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