CELEBRITY COVER GIRL: DR. MISSY "MISDEMEANOR" ELLIOTT FOR MARIE CLAIRE AUGUST 2019 COVER ISSUE
Brief excerpt from cover story written by Ashley C. Ford:
This spring, Melissa Arnette Elliott stood before a mass of Berklee College of Music students and faculty in Boston. She requested a moment to gather herself. She closed her eyes and took a deep breath, and tears began to fall freely over her smiling face. She opened her eyes. She began to speak to the graduating class, herself among them, just before being awarded an honorary doctorate.
A few days later, I watched Elliott’s speech on YouTube from my living room couch. I scrolled back to when she closed her eyes and counted the seconds until she spoke again. Altogether, there were 20 seconds of what I assumed was silent meditation, perhaps gratitude, in service to a life so successful, it had fashioned itself into this spectacular moment.
Two weeks later, at a recording studio just outside Atlanta, where she’s working on a long-anticipated seventh album, I ask Elliott if she remembers standing there for those 20 seconds. She hadn’t known it had been quite that long. I confirm. I counted to make sure. Her eyelids, painted green and shimmering under the overhead lights, flutter a few times while she thinks about it more.
Moncler Pierpaolo Piccioli quilted dress; Jennifer Fisher double-chain-link ring (on middle finger); Pomellato rose-gold-and-white diamond ring (on middle finger); David Yurman yellow-gold-and-diamond ring (on ring finger); Cartier dome ring (on pinky); Jacob & Co. safety-pin cuff bracelet; Cartier yellow-gold love bracelet; Pomellato rose-gold chain bracelet.
Moschino jacket and pants; Jennifer Fisher hoop earrings; Chloe shoes; Diamond studs Missy’s own
Versace puffer coat and jacket; Jennifer Fisher earrings; Bulgari coin necklace; David Yurman chain necklace; Andreas Kronthaler for Vivienne Westwood leaf necklace; David Webb rings
Dolce & Gabbana jacket; Jacob & Co. pavé diamond cocktail ring (on left finger) and zebra dome ring; Bulgari serpent ring (on left finger); Bulgari white-gold-and-diamond ring (on left pinky); All other rings Elliott’s own.
Today marks the 22nd Anniversary of her debut project Supa Dupa Fly that changed music for ever!!!