Missy Elliott Trash Bag... We Mean Suit! Elliott FINALLY Speaks On It

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Missy Elliott Trash Bag

FUN FACT: Go to Google and start typing ” Missy Elliott Trash Bag ” in the search; and you are going to come across a FLURRY of images of Missy in one of her most iconic looks. Seriously, try it (Lol).

You won’t even be able to finish typing it in before it pops up. Which means, there are a lot of beings out there who grew up; or still believe Missy got down in her music video for her single, The Rain, in a Hefty trash bag. But, did she?

Sorry the y’all, the myth is over. Like officially, officially over. For years, Elliott has done her best to let the people know the truth. However, the trash bag theory has always been able to live on.

Missy Elliott Trash Bag

Nevertheless, on Twitter a fan piped up about the “trash bag” fit and Missy actually answered! This is what occurred between the two:

Fan Tweet: “22 years later and I still don’t know why she was in a black trash bag but the song is still fire.”

Missy Elliott Tweet: “Lol it was never a trash bag it was a patent leather blow up suit [winking emoji]. And why was I in that? I don’t know [laughing emojis] cuz I’m Missy.”

Missy Elliott Trash Bag… We Mean Suit! Elliott FINALLY Speaks On It


Yes, Missy has always had a style all her own. An aspect of her career that still sets her apart from all other Emcees. Nonetheless, don’t let her coy response on Twitter fool you. Back in the day when Elliott dropped The Rain video; there was a very good reason why she wore the blow up suit.

In 2017, Missy hit up ELLE magazine about it in an exclusive interview. In regards to her black bodysuit style she told ELLE,

“To me, the outfit was a way to mask my shyness behind all the chaos of the look. Although I am shy, I was never afraid to be a provocative woman. The outfit was a symbol of power.

I loved the idea of feeling like a hip hop Michelin woman. I knew I could have on a blow up suit and still have people talking. It was bold and different. I’ve always seen myself as an innovator and a creative unlike any other.”

Till this day, Missy still is able to get people talking about her and her music. A testament to her sound and vibe being classic and timeless in every sense. Right now, Marie Claire is paying homage to Missy’s career as she covers this August issue. Inside Elliott talks about longevity and the real ups and downs of the music industry when you are in the spotlight.

Made props to Missy for leading the way and pack for females in the hip hop realm; and for speaking out on a look; that is truly one of BIGGEST and BADDEST fashion statements in music video history!

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