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Missy Elliot’s Style Evolution Is Full Of Leather And Tracksuits

The hip-hop legend has never given us a boring look.

Missy Elliott is a hip-hop legend, but also a style queen. She's been walking red carpets for decades and has never (ever!) served a boring look. Leather? Check. Canadian tuxedos? Of course. Bedazzled tracksuits? Do you even need to ask? Ahead, we look back on Elliott's always-interesting style from the past three decades.

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1997, MTV Europe Music Awards

In honor of her 1997 debut album Supa Dupa Fly, Missy Elliott wore a red latex jersey with the word "super" across the front.

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1998, Birthday Gala For Diddy

To celebrate Diddy's birthday, she wore a matching fur-and-leather look.

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1999, Grammys

She opted for an all-white look with feather details and a fedora at the 1999 Grammys.

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2000, Grammys

The following year's color of choice was purple, adorned with — yes, your eyes are right — razor blades.

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2001, VMAs

She paid tribute to the late Aaliyah at the 2001 VMAs in a white jacket featuring the singer's airbrushed portrait.

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2002, Grammys

In 2002, she showed off her Grammy wins in a purple embellished leather outfit.

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2003, Grammys

She rocked a light pink Adidas tracksuit for the 2003 Grammys, a stylish homage to sportswear brand cameos in her music videos "Gossip Folks" and "Work It."

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2004, MAC AIDS Fund VIVA Glam

For a MAC VIVA Glam event, she wore a pinstriped suit with a black polka-dot tie.

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2004, Shark Tale New York Premiere

It was head-to-toe Dior for the premiere of Shark Tale in 2004. The ultimate early-aughts fashion look if you ask us.

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2006, Grammys

Missy Elliott's version of a Canadian tuxedo was this Dior look in 2006, which features the brand's logo on the side of her right leg.

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2007, VH1 Hip Hop Honors

Her black jumpsuit at the 2007 Hip Hop Honors was a pared-down leather version of her iconic look in the 1997 music video for "The Rain (Supa Dupa Fly)."

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2016, VH1 Hip Hop Honors

She kept the leather looks coming in 2016 with a pink-and-black look with square statement earrings.

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2019, VMAs

She kept it simple in a black-and-gold tracksuit to accept her (very much well-deserved) MTV Video Vanguard Award in 2019.

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