Missy Elliott Graces the Cover of Elle Magazine

Missy Elliott looks fierce on the cover of Elle Magazine.

The 45-year-old rapper opened up on fashion inspirations and her public image in an interview for the June 2017 issue. ‘Although I am shy, I was never afraid to be a provocative woman,’ she said. When asked about her iconic plastic-bag suit for the music video The Rain, Elliott reported: ‘To me, the outfit was a way to mask my shyness behind all the chaos of the look.’ ‘The outfit was a symbol of power. I loved the idea of feeling like a hip-hop Michelin woman,’ she continued. On keeping her brand in check, the Grammy-winner reported: ‘One thing I won’t do is compromise. I will never do something based on what everybody else is telling me to do.’ ‘And have to kick myself in the ass every night. Nah. I have to make sure that it’s right.’ she added. ‘I’ve been through so many stumbling blocks to build a legacy, so I wouldn’t want to do something just to fit in. Because I never fit in. So….’