The best part of the VH1 Hip Hop Honors was by far all the nostalgia from the best 90’s and 2000’s fashion and style. Missy Elliott‘s recreation of ‘She’s A Bitch,’ video, originally produced by Hype Williams, undoubtedly stole the show.
I am so humbly grateful that yall enjoyed the #HipHipHonors performance I do it 4 the culture!🙏🏾Big up @juneAmbrose who styled me & all my dancers🙌🏾🔥my make up artist @gloglomakeup and her team who did my bald head makeup that took 7 hours to complete😳😅🤦🏾♀️ @hihatproductions & @itsbankhead @blairchristian who put their genius choreography minds together & made fire🔥🔥& @djjayhood lacing me wit da jersey club mix breakdown🙌🏾& all my dancers yall were INCREDIBLE! AMAZING! & tacir & Draya who had to hold their breathe underwater with me (sorry)😂🤣😵😬thank all of u! @vh1
How does one recreate such an iconic music video (that already seems perfect to begin with?) into a made for tv production? 18 years later and Missy Elliott tapped members of her original team, specifically June Ambrose (who styled all of the dancers with the help of Jerome Lamaar).
The pic on the left is #hiphophonors 2017 the pic on the right was taken in the year 1999…18 years later I decided to perform She's A B underwater again😅 this was very difficult to do but me & my team had fun!🙌🏾🔥thank u @hypewilliams for making a historical video u da man!😜& billy b who did my make up 4 the video 18yrs ago so fierce! & @juneambrose who style me in 1999 for the video and in 2017 for this performance (risk taker)🔥@timbaland on the 🔥ass beat!
While June was on the go and unavailable for comment for the article, we caught up with Designer, Illustrator, and Stylist, Jerome Lamaar who shared a little bit of the creative process and how he got involved with the project.
HB: How did you end up working on this project?
Have you guys seen #MissyElliott 's EPIC Performance Yet??! "SHE'S A B*TCHHHHHH !!! ⛓" It was an HONOR to perform with the ONE & ONLY @missymisdemeanorelliott A LEGEND, A ICON !!☝🏾💥🔥 THANK YOU SO SO MUCH @hihatofficial & @hihatproductions FOR THIS AMAZING OPPORTUNITY !! I LOVED EVERY MOMENT OF IT!!❤️🙏🏾❤️🙏🏾 #MissyElliott #VH1 #ShesaBitch ##hhh2017 #hhh #hiphophonors
JL: June hit me up and said that she had to bring the song to life. The whole kind of sea urchin, dark, thick look to life on stage.
HB: What was it like working with a legend like June?
This QUEEN! @juneambrose And her styling of various artists such as @missymisdemeanorelliott and TLC is one of the reasons I chose to be a stylist. 🙌🏾🙌🏾🙌🏾🙌🏾🙌🏾🙌🏾🙌🏾🙌🏾🙌🏾🙌🏾🙌🏾 She is true to herself, her visions, and her ppl. I thought I couldn't be more of a fan until last night! ❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️ #juneambrose #missyelliott #hiphopawards #stylist #inspiration #fashion #blackgirlsrock #whitleysharistyling #blackout #streetstyle #highfashion #avantgarde #90sfashion #90skids
JL: “It was cool. I worked with June when I was 19, when I was at Baby Phat and she asked me to sketch and design some stuff from Mariah Carey. Now being an adult, and going through it again, and knowing exactly what I was doing, it was cool and nice experience to bring all together. It was dope, really dope.”
HB: “What material were these outfits made out of?! It was so much Blackness and fabulousness!
JL: >>laughing<< Some dancers were simply painted Black. Some designers had a combination of latex, rubber, and things that reflected light to make it look wet and lacquered. However, there was a lot of latex.
HB: What’s the best part of working with June?
JL: We’re both Gemini’s, so we have a lot of energy and we bounce off each other. She had the concept down already and it was cool to be able to bounce ideas off each other.
I love how June Ambrose uplifts others in the fashion industry, bringing on Jerome for the sketches and to help bring this entire process to life. Beauties, did you catch the VH1 Hip Hop Honors? What was your favorite part? Tell us in the comments!