It's a match made in magazine heaven: Missy Elliott, whose "Work It" lyrics recently caused the internet to implode, is on the cover of Elle's June 2017 "Women in Music" issue. For the occasion, she's styled to the nines in pieces from Marc Jacobs' hip-hop-inspired Fall 2017 collection, which strangely hasn't gotten much editorial play since it first came down the runway in February. But what better way for a line to make a publishing splash than for it to outfit Melissa Arnette Elliott Herself? Precisely no other way.
Elliott has served as a muse to Jacobs for years, most recently appearing in the designer's stacked Fall 2016 campaign alongside the likes of Susan Sarandon, Marilyn Manson and Courtney Love. (He wrote on Instagram last June that "Missy's music has kept me and my design team happily energized through countless weekdays, weeknights and weekends during those long hours of sketching, fitting, styling and doing looks." Aw.) Jacobs was so giddy about this cover, in fact, that he broke the embargo himself, posting the following photo to Instagram a full 21 hours before Elle revealed the issue.
Mark Seliger photographed the shoot, which shows Elliott in the aforementioned Marc Jacobs tracksuit, Stephen Jones for Marc Jacobs hat and Jennifer Fisher earrings, as well as a Versus Versace jumpsuit, pictured below, among other looks. You can see the full spread — and read Elliott's full interview with writer and author Rachel Kaadzi Ghansah — when Elle's Women in Music issue hits newsstands on Tuesday, May 16.