A fortnight ago marked the 15th anniversary of the death of 90s R&B singer and actress Aaliyah. Prompted by the social media tributes about the legacy and untimely death of the songstress, a conversation arose in my friendship group of whether we are fans of Aaliyah. Although ¼ of the group exclaimed yes, we could all agree that her music was something we looked into later on; we were 7 or 8 years old when she sadly passed away.
Looking at her Back and Forth video from 1994, a 15-year-old Aaliyah wore baggy clothing, crop tops, various headgear, Timbaland boots and her signature Locs sunglasses. This was the style of that era and can be seen on several other R&B stars from Janet Jackson to TLC. This 90s style of laid-back, effortless sex appeal has done a complete 360 and has become extremely popular over the past few years.
One image that was continually shared on social media features Aaliyah wearing a 3-piece Tommy Hilfiger outfit whist shooting an advert for the brand (click here for the video). In an article on ‘18 Epically ‘90s Tommy Hilfiger Moments’, Buzzfeed said ‘Aaliyah will forever be the face of the label’.
Some claim her legacy lies because she was a true embodiment of the 90s woman, whilst others claim her success could have amounted to that of Beyoncé if given the chance.
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