'Keep doing you': Missy Elliott sends inspiring message about being yourself

Missy Elliott has amazing talent and undeniable style, which naysayers never understood. (Photo: Getty Images)

For decades, Missy Elliott has been celebrated for her incredible musical talents and eclectic sartorial choices. But the entertainer’s style and sound were not always praised, according to a recent tweet she shared.

On Thursday, the “Get Ur Freak On” singer shared a stunning photo of herself with purple eyeshadow and a bedazzled headdress along with the caption, “I never LOOKED the part I was always DIFFERENT my STYLE & SOUND which took many more than one listen to understand me but I didn’t know how to be any1 but MYSELF & here I am a walking TESTIMONY 4 those who been told it won’t work I say KEEP DOING YOU.”

This inspiring message struck a chord with her fans, garnering more than 16,000 likes and more than 400 comments with people showing their appreciation for Missy Elliott’s transparency.

One follower shared a heartfelt comment: “I remember watching the vid for The Rain in middle school when I was a fat, awkward girl who didn’t fit in anywhere & thought I had to hide. YOU BLEW ME AWAY. When I saw you being confident & Supa Dupa Fly in an inflated TRASHBAG…..it helped get me through it.” Another simply stated, “Beautifully put! I agree! We love you, Missy!” Others chimed in with similar sentiments.

From inflated trash bags to green hair, Missy Elliott is a musical and style architect who has influenced many of today’s pop stars. She was not afraid to take fashion and beauty risks even when others could not understand her look, and she gave birth to fresh tunes that still light up dance parties. If anyone knows how to embrace their uniqueness, it’s Missy Misdemeanor Elliott — and without a doubt, it’s totally worked in her favor for the best.

Keep scrolling for more amazing style moments from one of music’s most iconic stars.

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