It should go without saying that Missy Elliott is a legend. Starting with her 1997 debut Supa Dupa Fly, Missy released a string of massively successful, genre-bending albums. The longtime Timbaland collaborator has won Grammys, topped the Billboard charts with imaginative hits, and was instrumental in the careers of other stars like Aaliyah and Ginuwine. The woman is an institution. 

Her last album, The Cookbook, came out nine years ago, and it feels like Missy has begun to slip out of the minds of some. With yesterday being her 43rd birthday, and her appearing onstage with fellow Virginian Pharrell at this year's BET Awards, we thought it fitting to dig up some little-known facts about one of hip-hop’s most influential figures. Here are 10 Things You Didn’t Know About Missy Elliott.

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