Now, see, you could be fly in that. (car horn honking)
No, no. With a long list of upcoming premiers to dress for, we spent the day shopping in Manhattan with 18 year old, Aaliyah. First stop, Saks. (“Back and Forth”, by Aaliyah) ♪ Back, back, back and forth ♪ Aaliyah is a veteran of the music scene. At 14, her premier solo project, “Age Ain’t Nothing But A Number”, achieved platinum status with hits, “Back and Forth”, and (“At Your Best, You Are Love”, by Aaliyah) “At Your Best, You Are Love”, which catapulted her to the top of the Miss R&B Diva List. Thus, paving the way for her recently released, double platinum album, “One in a Million”. In today’s music industry, where image is everything, Aaliyah mixes her sex appeal with a playful tomboy twist, creating a look that’s all her own. I watched a lot of the fashion shows, a lot of the runway models, and see what’s the next thing happening, and then intertwine that with what I’m doing. Image goes hand in hand with the music, and that’s how people identify you, you know? They separate you knowing your music and your style and your image, so, that’s why it takes me awhile to put things together, especially if I’m doing a dressy thing, rather than a sporty thing, because what you see here is really me, the baggy jeans, and skull caps, and everything. So, when I’m doing a dressy thing, I’ve got to still remain in my image, so it takes me awhile to put something really good together that still looks like Aaliyah. But, there is a real difference between the catwalk and life. Can you sit down in the jeans? Very elegant sit down,
(soft laughing) there, just kind of stretch out. Just kind of stretch out, kind of slouch, kind of be kind of cool, can’t sit up, just got to– and when you’re getting out of the chair, you got to kinda, come up like that. (laughing) Ready? Aaliyah? (door creaking) Uh, oh! Well.
Look at that! That coat is mad! I’m feeling the coat, the coat is off the rocker. This is a little different for me, I’m not liking the pants. Really? You look great!
Actually, you know, it’s cute, but it’s not– You’re still not there yet? Yeah, I’m still not there yet. You know what I think it’s time for? April, I think it’s time to go to Nike Town. Nike Town. I really do, but I do like the coat, I may have to snag the coat. So, we went looking for something a little more comfortable. Okay, you’re 18, you already went to your prom, is it possible at all to have a relationship on the road? I would say it’s possible, I just don’t have one. (laughing)
I don’t have one right now. I don’t have a boyfriend, and I can’t say I’m really looking. I think it will come at the right time. I have a lot of friends, and when that guy comes along, I’ll know it, he’ll know it, and then, it’ll happen. But, I am really busy with the career, and the fact that I’m getting ready to go back to school, so I’ll just see how it works in. Three years ago, there was this terrible rumor out. What is the deal with you and R. Kelly? Are you all married, or not? No, I’m not married. Robert’s doing his thing, I’m doing my thing, and he’s a great producer, a great artist who I do admire, and there’s nothing, nothing there at all. We are here! This is my place in New York. This is the final frontier! I’m sorry Aaliyah, these look really weird! They look like a martian.
Now, let me tell you something though. These, you get the right outfit with these, thumbs up, the right outfit will be fly. Okay, last time I bought some shoes, there were pumps, you know, remember the pumps? No, stop the madness, you had the? Okay.
(laughing) Well, we found some fun clothes, just nothing fit for premier. I can get this, which one do you want girl? I’ll get it for you! You cannot see the size, and get that, April. Uh huh, almost! (laughing)
(clapping) (car door slamming) What would you say the secret of life is? Secret to life, to living.
Secret to life, secret to life? To living, is to just be free, and enjoying life, when you choose a career, it’s got to be something you love, so that you want to get up and do it every day, and you know, you just have to love yourself, love what you do so you can enjoy life.