Last Thursday marked the 15th anniversary since the premature death of R&B superstar, Aaliyah. The world has changed a lot in 15 years, especially the entertainment industry but the singers presence is still profoundly felt in everything from music — with musicians like Drake often name-checking her — to fashion with clear references to her style in the looks of entertainer from Rihanna to FKA Twigs to the athleisure looks seen on girls like Kendall Jenner or Sofia Richie.
Here are 7 Style-setters that are keeping Aaliyah’s style inspiration alive.
Kendall Jenner. One of the biggest style stars today, Kendall lets it be known that she’s definitely the most “tomboy” of the Kardashian Glamazons. So it’s no wonder she gravitates to Aaliyah’s signature tomboy look. With this Givenchy name band bra top and baggy jeans, this 90s style look is so Aaliyah.
Zendaya. When the unauthorized Aaliyah biopic came out on Lifetime, the rumor mill was swirling when Zendaya exited the project. Zendaya has often been quoted as being greatly inspired by the legendary songstress. They say imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, check out this look from Zendaya.
Overalls, slides? Everyone from Rihanna’s Puma line to Beyonce’s IvyPark from Topshop are inspired by this look.
Rihanna. Speaking of Rihanna for Puma, she's one of the best examples of music artists right now that's the perfect blend of urban and pop. Rihanna is a style icon and her well curated look draws inspiration from many creative geniuses of the past, it's no surprise that she channels Aaliyah as well.
Sofia Richie. Sofia was a mere toddler when Aaliyah passed, but it’s clear to see the R&B legend’s signature look has even trickled do to her too! Maybe she grew up listening to big sis Nicole’s records?
FKA Twigs. Aaliyah was a crossover artist staring is cult favorites like 2000's "Romeo Must Die" and 2002's "Queen of the Damned." Her roles are a source of inspiration for music artists today like FKA Twigs. Strong creative FKA Twigs channeled Aaliyah's vampire queen Akasha from "Queen of the Damned" in her music video for "Two Weeks."
Chanel Iman for Beyoncé. Aaliyah-inspired style even pops up in the most subtle ways. Check out Aaliyah's look for the smash-hit "Try Again" video for "Romeo Must Die" quite similar to Chanel Iman's sexy-street look for Beyoncé's "Yoncé." Notice Aaliyah's ombré hair in this video?! A true trend setter.
With the return of the crop top, Aaliyah's signature style can be seen in model-off-duty looks around the world!
To leave you, let's flashback to before the days when every brand had a celeb brand ambassador. Aaliyah broke the mold by being one of the first musicians, and people of color to rep for American sportswear brand, Tommy Hilfiger staring in their campaign in 1996. The image, needless to say, became iconic. Aaliyah's legacy is so lasting that there is even a petition from some diehard Aaliyah fans for a MAC cosmetics x Aaliyah collaboration. This wouldn't be the company's first posthumous collaboration, this July, the company teased their upcoming MAC's Selena Quintanilla Collection for the Fall.