Can’t believe it has been 10 years since Aaliyah‘s tragic death. Today I was thinking about when I was in elementary school and started getting into MTV and music videos. I remember the first Aaliyah video I ever saw. It was “One in a Million” and from then on I was hooked. Besides Aaliyah’s catchy music I was obsessed with her style. I switched from parting my bangs down the middle to side-swept bangs. And for someone who cannot get enough of skinny jeans these days it is funny to think that I begged my mom for a pair of baggy jeans. I was terrified of asking my parents for anything when I was a kid so it was a pretty big deal. She took me to a store called Cookies, which is in the Flatbush area of Brooklyn, and I went to the boys section to get the jeans I needed to emulate her look. I was so excited to wear them to school! Today I keep away from the jeans. However, I am still rockin’ the side-swept bangs and developed an interest in her makeup (of course). My favorite makeup is the purple smoky eye paired with red lips in her “We Need a Resolution” video. Who says you can only play up one of your features at a time? She definitely pulled it off.
Even though Aaliyah is no longer with us she is still living on through her music. Many years later, I still stop and listen to it whenever her songs pop up on my iPod.
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