All We Want This Halloween Is to Age Like Missy Elliott

Missy Elliott performs onstage during the 2019 ESSENCE Festival at Louisiana Superdome on July 05, 2019 in New Orleans, Louisiana.
Photo: Bennett Raglin (Getty Images for ESSENCE)

Yeah, yeah...we know there’s no such thing as Halloween wishes (or the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown), but if we could cash in all the fun-sized candy for one wish this spooky holiday, it’d be to age as effortlessly as Missy Elliott seems to be doing (or Gabrielle Union, but we digress).

The legendary rapper and Songwriting Hall of Famer delighted fans on Monday when she posted a recreation of her 1997 debut album cover in honor of Halloween, stunning even herself with how “Supa Dupa Fly” she still looks, 22 years after the fact.


“WOW🤩😱,” she captioned her Instagram post. “This Halloween I decided to RECREATE my 1st album cover from 22 YEARS AGO one of these pictures I took ONLY 3 DAYS AGO the other was 22 YEARS AGO CAN YALL TELL THE DIFFERENCE?? 😅😩🔥🔥🔥#SUPADUPAFLY

Ma’am, what type of Halloween sorcery is this—and where can we get some? Is there a potion? A Hocus Pocus-type spell someone can cast? Is this what happens when you hang out with Lizzo and drink that “Juice”? Because real talk: If we were to dress up as our 1997 selves for Halloween (we shudder at the thought), there’s no way in hell we could ever look this timelessly cool.

As one commenter noted: “Y’all see what minding your business does for your skin 🙌🏾🙌🏾🙌🏾😍”


Work it, Missy!

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Maiysha Kai

Maiysha Kai is Managing Editor of The Glow Up and your average Grammy-nominated goddess next door. Minneapolis born, Chicago bred, New York built. Nuance is her superpower.