Fashion Icon Files: Kelis


Her milkshake brings all the boys to the yard and her fashion brings all the looks to the runway! Give the good sis Kelis her props because she is one of the sole sources of inspiration for today's "edgy" look. Gray hair, pink, blue, and green dyed curls, flashy jumpsuits rocked by your favorite IG models, the singer already been there and did that. Hands down, Kelis has always one of my top five most influential fashion icons.

As a pre-teen growing up in the 2000's, her edginess always spoke to my budding edginess. I already rocked with her, but when the "Bossy" music video dropped when I graduated from 8th grade, it was over. I was absolutely mesmerized by the aesthetics. The short hair, the luxuriousness, the "Mrs Jones" necklace, the grill. It instantly became one of my personal theme songs.

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Without a doubt, she was ahead of her time and the Queen of the early 2000's fashion. Not only were her music videos like "Get Along With You" and "Acapella" on some next level shit, but she followed up in her real life style.

Here's a look at her evolutionary looks:

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Kelis swaggin' with a poodle during the shooting of her 2006 "Bossy" music video

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Only Kelis can pull this tutu dress look.

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Stepping outside the box and crushing it with these feather lashes and white sheer bustier.

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Pleated dress with white booties. An unorthodox look.

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Brown skin and a silver, glitter dress. Pure glamour.

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Gotta recreate this look for a future summer day party.

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Serving some Cruella Deville realness. I definitely need a fur hat like this.

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Beehive hair, winged liner, pink cheeks. A 1960's style to the "T".

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Her curls and that sequin top are HITTING.

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Looking like a fly ass lizard in an all green jumpsuit. I stan a fashionista legend.

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Another very vintage look, ode to the 70's compliments of the big hair and red lips.

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Never knew Kelis was this into fur coats like this. Curls, plain face, and gray coat and outfit.

7 iconic Kelis looks to remind you she’s always been ahead of the curve
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This look alone is why Kelis is the true style icon she is. Pushing all the boundaries with the spiked hair, lobster heels, and metallic jumpsuit. Intergalactic couture.

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Real fashionistas make art and style collide.

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Come on with the Remy Ma blonde bang.

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Cat woman vibes via the nails on the gloves. I live.

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Otherwordly and gorgeous.

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The good sis on Wardrobe Junkies 

Sis looks breathtaking in this shot. Loving the black bustier, mini skirt, and pumps. Simple and so chic.

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Iridescent one piece, fur and icey accessories. Curly hair. One of her best.

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Star Wars realness.

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Ethnic prints and a crown. A summer look foreal.

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From the "What It Is" music video alongside Busta Rhymes. One eye all done up, the other plain, with a side of space bun braids, and fishnets. Only in a Hype Williams production.

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This matching fringed blazer and dress is screaming "2007".

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Not sure if this is a jumpsuit or a dress, but I'm loving every bit of it. So fiery and flashy.

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Your favorite sequin dress could NEVA.

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Who can pull off leopard prints better than she? Don't worry, I'll wait.

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Not only can she snap on the eclectic styling, but she can go regal too.

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Three different color furs with the hat, coat, and boots. Don't be afraid to switch it up!

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Quinessential early 2000's Kelis. The glasses, hair, accessories, and fur is a throwback vibe.

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"Tasty" era will always be monumental for her style. Denim mini dress and sneakers will be on my list of looks to create for springtime.

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Yeah, I need this lavendar, glitter jumpsuit for the next "girls night out" clubbing event!

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Once again, pushing the limits. Metallic x floral print.

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Can we PLEASE get into the 702 "Where My Girls At?" music video eyeshadow? This really takes this animal print dress to the next level.

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Proving you can rock a bright colored pixie cut hairstyle and don a classic dress.

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Speaking of hair. I have no clue what in the Jetsons is going on right now, but I love every bit of it!

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Simple for Kelis, but still swagged out. Very much 90's vibes.

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*cues "Blue" by Eiffel 65*

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Striped lipstick in the 2002 "Take You Home" music video with Angie Martinez. Your fave will never.

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A true fashion icon will show up and show out in a simple look.

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Pink and turquoise work so well with each other. Giving the girls Pepto Bismol realness.

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Beaded wig, metallic, geometric belt, for a futuristic style.

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Quilt/patchwork coat and ripped jeans is a true autumn ensemble.

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Cover for "Fleshtone". More futurism steelo that I'd totally rock.

Kelis wearing fur coat by Pam Hogg, silver body by The Gypset Diary, and shoes by Joanne Stoker for Schön! Magazine Issue #24 photographed by Louie Banks
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Leave it to Kelis to show us how to properly snap with a rainbow colored fur jacket.


Kelis is a lifelike chameleon and shows us you can always switch your style up. Ignore all the rules, wear what you like and wear it with grace.


What's your favorite Kelis look? Share below!




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  1. I'm very much an introvert. (I'm trying to get out of my own way and blogging and podcasting is helping.) I had no idea that Kelis was making such an impact on the fashion world this way. I usually only keep up with celebrities on the occasional gossip that I do look up. It's nice to know that she's out there working to not only make herself an icon in music, but in other ways that is inspirational. Thanks for this post.

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    1. You're welcome! Yes Kelis really did THAT in the 2000's.

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  2. Fire! Her ability to transform her hair like that and have it work for her is amazing! I wish I was that talented.

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  3. Kelis definitely has a unique style. I loved it. She had great hair, too! Her hair colors influenced some of mine.

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  4. She is so gorgeous and fly! Loved looking through all of these pics of her and her looks! I especially love when she rocks those gorgeous natural curls!

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  5. I freaking love Kelis! She takes risk with her fashion and her hair. She is doing the opposite of what everyone else is doing. She is bossy! I love her short haircuts.

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  6. I've always loved Kelis and her sense of fashion and her hair! She has always made me want to step out of my own box and try new things!

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  7. I give her one thing - she's never been afraid of being unique or making her own statement. I love it!

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  8. Kelis as always served looks. I've always admired her for her unique style.

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  9. Kelis has always been a fashion forward diva. I love that she is now able to live life freely and do the things that she loves.

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  10. Kelis is certainly fashionable. It's cool to see all those looks in one place.

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  11. The world owes Kelis an award I believe she is the original poster child of Black Girl Magic. She can do no wrong, she super sets trends ways before they start and gets no credit but she just always revamps herself and she is basically my muva! I love her so much!

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  12. I miss bossy Kelis! Still an icon! Silently slaying the hair and fashion world.

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