Issue: Aug. 2001
Story Headline: What Lies Beneath
Background: In an interview released in the same month as Aaliyah’s early death, the princess of R&B opened up to VIBE about her happiness and where things stood in her life. As she set out to release her self-titled, third studio album and made way to the big screens in her second film, Queen of the Damned, Aaliyah was well on her way to superstardom. The numbers had proven that she could hold her own, with several multiplatinum singles and albums and at 22, she was establishing herself as a strong, fierce, sexy woman. Long gone were the days of baggy pants and Hilfiger briefs. She had traded those in for something more slim-fitting to go along with her sensual voice as she begged her lover to rock her boat. But it was all cut short on that tragic August day. After her interview with VIBE, however, it was good to know that she would be resting in paradise after living a life she could be proud of.
Memorable Quote: “This is what I always wanted. I breathe to perform, to entertain, I can’t imagine myself doing anything else. I’m just a really happy girl right now. I honestly love every aspect of this business. I really do. I feel very fulfilled and complete.”