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Missy Elliott Shares Secrets Behind Her Iconic Leather Blow Up Suit

By Ryan Naumann

Missy Elliott was feeling nostalgic backstage the MTV Music Video Awards, wearing her iconic black leather blow up suit.

The legendary musician shared video of herself at the VMA’s in the suit. She captioned the post, “The Nostalgia.... this suit brought back such great memories the other night I wanted to cry happy tears.”

She continued, “1st thought of how the hell did I walk in a patent leather blow up suit 2 decades ago shooting my 1st solo video I walked to a gas station to be blown up in this suit then being to big to get in the car so I had to walk back to set like this in the streets of BROOKLYN then when I finally got to set the suit was deflated but through it all this was one of my best memories thank you @juneambrose @hypewilliams#TheRain #MeImSupaFly#ThrowitBack #ICONOLOGY”.

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The iconic look was first featured in Elliott’s 1997 music video for “The Rain (Supa Dupa Fly)”.


Elliott is fresh off her insane show during the MTV Video Music Awards. She received the MTV Vanguard Award and took the stage performing a set of her biggest hits.

She showed everyone Missy never left by killing it on stage to “Get Ur Freak On”, “The Rain (Supa Dupa Fly)”, “Lose Control”.

The rapper also released an EP titled “Iconology” the same week. She even shared behind the scenes footage of the album cover shoot. In the video it was revealed how she achieved the epic hair style.

On the album cover Missy is seen with hair that spells out her name. One might think it was digitally added in post-production, but the video proves otherwise. Missy actually had a piece in her head that she held up.

The singer wrote, “Big up my photographer @mrdblanks who always come through for me & his work dope he gets me!!! Couldn’t see my grills so I made that face for nothing lol big up my glam squad @kellonderyck who had me wearing & holding this heavy hair piece on my head for a hour, it look fye tho, @themuaalex who keep my face beat like she jumped my face”

She continued, ”and my style @juneambrose@rogeramckenzie for snapping with my clothes keeping me saucy, lastly @beedy_the_black_nail_tech repping #7thWard neworleans have my nails right!!!! #ThrowItBack video and song #ICONOLOGY OUT NOW!!STREAM”

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