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Aaliyah Dana Haughton (January 16, 1979 – August 25, 2001). RIP.
Today I will not cry. Today, I will celebrate you & the legacy you left behind for us to safeguard, protect & help continue on. Today, August 25th, 2014…I will remember you. I will celebrate you. I will dance with you as I watch your videos back to back. I will sing with you as I listen to every album, every single, every remix. I will laugh with you as I watch your interviews & documentaries that have become a tradition for me every time August rolls around.
You are my inspiration. My muse. Everything that motivates me, influences me and keeps me going on the days when I just can’t find the strength to put a smile on my face. Hard to believe that it’s been 13 years that you have been physically gone….in some instances, it doesn’t even feel like it because your influence is so strong. Your presence is still felt. In every swoop bang. In every Tommy Hilfiger outfit. It feels like any minute you’ll just pop up like “It’s been a long time, I shouldn’t have left you…” & put everything back in place.
I thank you Aaliyah, for being the soundtrack to my teenage years. For allowing me to grow with you. For inspiring me and teaching me to reach for the stars because if you want it bad enough, if you work hard enough, anything is possible.
And most of all, I thank you Aaliyah for being YOU. For staying true to yourself, to your style and for just doing you.
You are the blueprint. Everything every young girl aspires to be.
You are and forever will be, “more than a woman, more than a legend, more than a dream….that will live forever.”
I love you. I miss you. I will never forget you.
"Live & Twirl"
Rest In Love Babygirl.