#49. Missy Elliott (V Magazine, 2004)

Issue: Summer 2004
Art Direction: Stephan Gan
Photography: David Sims

Emerging in the wake of mid-90s sex kitten rap, Missy undoubtedly redefined image expectations for the female rapper. And while her non-tradiitonal beauty didn't exactly play to the rap magazine demographic—she would only grace The Source once at Timbaland's side, and never XXL—the rest of the publishing world, like fashion pub V, embraced her as a cover icon.