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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 22 of Missy in the rubber suit then a cut to her in a white t-shirt as she coyly smiles at the camera. At three different points in the video, a special effect manipulates Missy’s lips, twice by enlarging them and once by distorting their shape. The song's first verse is mostly a collage of images of Missy dancing with her male dancers and performing the song in an array of costumes including the rubber suit, her white t-shirt and a yellow and orange outfit. The second verse introduces images of Missy and partner Timbaland driving to the beach in a Hummer then actually at the beach with female dancers in the background. However, it is worth noting that Missy remains the dominant image in this scene. Another group of female dancers in short, midriff- and thigh-baring white outfits and yellow raincoats is also introduced. It should be noted here that even though the women vary in skin complexion, they are all thin body types with long hair. In fact, all the other women appearing in the video besides Missy are smaller body types. Furthermore, there is no real focus on anyone's body although the female dancers and some of Missy's female celebrity friends wear tight, revealing clothes. The third verse introduces another image that has become synonymous with the song: Missy sits on a hilltop in a long wig as she performs the song. It is in this scene that not only are her lips enlarged but her eyes at one point also. Interestingly, Missy has once said that this scene actually critiques the industry standard of acceptable women in music videos. Another interesting fact is how Missy is made the center of attention among others--her male dancers dance around her and she takes up most of the distorted camera shot in the scene on the beach with the female dancers. She plays with the rubber suit as if running her hands along her own body. The rubber suit, along with the special

Authors: Brooks, TaKeshia.
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Black Womanhood 22
of Missy in the rubber suit then a cut to her in a white t-shirt as she coyly smiles at the
camera. At three different points in the video, a special effect manipulates Missy’s lips,
twice by enlarging them and once by distorting their shape. The song's first verse is
mostly a collage of images of Missy dancing with her male dancers and performing the
song in an array of costumes including the rubber suit, her white t-shirt and a yellow and
orange outfit.
The second verse introduces images of Missy and partner Timbaland driving to
the beach in a Hummer then actually at the beach with female dancers in the background.
However, it is worth noting that Missy remains the dominant image in this scene.
Another group of female dancers in short, midriff- and thigh-baring white outfits and
yellow raincoats is also introduced. It should be noted here that even though the women
vary in skin complexion, they are all thin body types with long hair. In fact, all the other
women appearing in the video besides Missy are smaller body types. Furthermore, there
is no real focus on anyone's body although the female dancers and some of Missy's
female celebrity friends wear tight, revealing clothes.
The third verse introduces another image that has become synonymous with the
song: Missy sits on a hilltop in a long wig as she performs the song. It is in this scene
that not only are her lips enlarged but her eyes at one point also. Interestingly, Missy has
once said that this scene actually critiques the industry standard of acceptable women in
music videos. Another interesting fact is how Missy is made the center of attention
among others--her male dancers dance around her and she takes up most of the distorted
camera shot in the scene on the beach with the female dancers. She plays with the rubber
suit as if running her hands along her own body. The rubber suit, along with the special


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