Aaliyah Dana Haughton. When Aaliyah burst onto the scene with the song "Back & Forth", that was it for me. I immediately wanted to be her. Her tomboy clothes, the hair over one eye and dark lipstick totally became my signature junior high look. As she evolved from a tomboy into "More Than A Woman", Aaliyah remained my standard of beauty. She was the one celebrity whose style I really admired. Her look was always polished and pretty, never too made up. Her style was effortless, chill and laid back. She was sexy but not in your face with it. Oh, and can we please just take a moment to discuss her hair?! Aaliyah had the most fabulous hair. Those long, dark layers were ALWAYS laid and on point.
The following photos are from an Entertainment Weekly spread, shot just one month before she died. Photographer, Eric Johnson released these and a few other rare photos back in January in honor of Aaliyah's 35th birthday. Her radiant, natural beauty truly shines in these photos. A very talented singer and stunning beauty gone too soon. RIP.