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you a stone freak in yo own skin: Missy Elliott's and Lil' Kim's Constructions of Black Womanhood
Unformatted Document Text:  Black Womanhood 21 Jones’ photos all have one theme but are not directly related to her story. Her shoot follows a modern rock motif (the inside headline reads: "Smells Like Queen Spirit," a play on the popular song by grunge rock group Nirvana, "Smells Like Teen Spirit"). The cover shot shows her in a midriff-baring top, extra short miniskirt and thigh-high boots holding a guitar behind her head. The second photo of Jones is a full- body shot in which she wears a denim outfit, but the jacket is open to reveal a red bikini top and a red lipstick mouth pasted on her side. The first photo accompanying the feature is the same as the cover shot except she holds the guitar in a different position on the side of her hip. The next photo is the same as the second photo albeit with a slightly different pose. The last three photos appear on the same page. They are small shots that show Jones wearing a white patterned shirt, black sequined miniskirt and yellow knee-high boots and posing for the camera. The one constant in all these photos (besides blonde hair and blue eyes) is that Jones always wears an expression that invites the gaze to her. Furthermore, her full body is shown in all the photos. She intentionally uses her sexual image to gain attention. "The Rain (Supa Dupa Fly)." Missy Elliott's breakthrough video appeared in 1997. Directed by Hype Williams, this video is filled with special effects and surreal imagery throughout the piece. Most of the scenery is dark and bleak, except the scenes of Missy sitting on a hilltop and driving to the beach in a Hummer. However, the most famous image of them all is not a special effect or camera trick. Missy broke the mold by putting her already large frame in an inflated rubber suit that has been compared everything from a Michelin tire to a garbage bag. In fact, the first shot of the entire video is a back view

Authors: Brooks, TaKeshia.
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Black Womanhood 21
Jones’ photos all have one theme but are not directly related to her story. Her
shoot follows a modern rock motif (the inside headline reads: "Smells Like Queen
Spirit," a play on the popular song by grunge rock group Nirvana, "Smells Like Teen
Spirit"). The cover shot shows her in a midriff-baring top, extra short miniskirt and
thigh-high boots holding a guitar behind her head. The second photo of Jones is a full-
body shot in which she wears a denim outfit, but the jacket is open to reveal a red bikini
top and a red lipstick mouth pasted on her side. The first photo accompanying the feature
is the same as the cover shot except she holds the guitar in a different position on the side
of her hip. The next photo is the same as the second photo albeit with a slightly different
pose. The last three photos appear on the same page. They are small shots that show
Jones wearing a white patterned shirt, black sequined miniskirt and yellow knee-high
boots and posing for the camera. The one constant in all these photos (besides blonde
hair and blue eyes) is that Jones always wears an expression that invites the gaze to her.
Furthermore, her full body is shown in all the photos. She intentionally uses her sexual
image to gain attention.
"The Rain (Supa Dupa Fly)." Missy Elliott's breakthrough video appeared in 1997.
Directed by Hype Williams, this video is filled with special effects and surreal imagery
throughout the piece. Most of the scenery is dark and bleak, except the scenes of Missy
sitting on a hilltop and driving to the beach in a Hummer. However, the most famous
image of them all is not a special effect or camera trick. Missy broke the mold by putting
her already large frame in an inflated rubber suit that has been compared everything from
a Michelin tire to a garbage bag. In fact, the first shot of the entire video is a back view


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