Today marks the 14th anniversary of Aaliyah’s death. Her death is one of those deaths that still hurts to think about to this day. Although I didn’t know her personally, what has always saddened me about her death was not only how she died, but how YOUNG she was when she died. Her life ended when most people are finally beginning to start their journey to figure life out. She died at the age I was when I graduated from college. Not only was she extremely young, she was beginning to take the industry by storm. From music to movies, Aaliyah was doing it all.
The day she died, my best friend Janelle and I, were on our way to the TRL Tour. Destiny’s Child, Eve, Nelly and the St. Lunatics, 3LW, and Dream were the performing acts. Each person/group mentioned her name and talked about how sad her death was to them. However, the one tribute I remember the most was Destiny’s Child. They held a moment of silence for her and dedicated their remake song “Emotions” to her and her family. I remember Beyoncé started crying during the performance.
Can we just take a second to talk about how much I wanted to dress EXACTLY like Aaliyah did? She is the queen of making the baggy tomboy look, sexy. And although we didn’t get to see it for very long, the complete transformation from the young sexy tomboy to the sexy grown woman was pretty awesome too. Just look at the difference of style:
I believe Aaliyah’s death had a huge impact on pre-teen and teenage girls, because of her seemingly beautiful spirit. Or as she would say she had “jazz personality, G mentality,” and it’s what made her so amazing to many of us. To remember her on this day, I’m sharing one of my favorite Aaliyah videos. Not only did I love the dancing and style in the video, this was and still is one of my favorite songs. For those of you who don’t remember, this song was on the Dr. Dolittle soundtrack as well :-).
One last thing before I leave: I still want the all black outfit she dances in at the very end. It’s sexy and it’s even more motivation to get my #OperationTrackBody back!
Continue to R.I.P. Babygirl!