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" I’ve had a wonderful amount of success and done a lot at 22, but there’s a lot more I want to do. "
" What's good in having money and being famous if you can't share it with others less fortunate than yourself? "
" I would like to make a bigger impact on the world by giving back, and using my celebrity to raise money for people who need it most. "
" I don't mess around when it comes to my work – it's important. That's when I will definitely put someone in their place. "
“ If God gave you the talent, you should go for it. But don’t think it’s going to be easy. It’s hard! ”
" Being in this business, I accept that there are positives and negatives but having a strong family base and a belief in God enables me to weather the storms. ”
“ It’s hard to say what I want my legacy to be when I’m long gone. ”
“ That’s why I work every day. Ev-er-y day. I want to knock people out. ”
“ There is always a bit of pressure to do a good album – to do good work, period. ”
“ I’m a total performer. ”
“ People are gonna look up to me because I’m young, black, and female. ”
" I want longevity. I don't want to get out there and run myself ragged and spread myself thin. "
" I think it's important to take a break, you know, from the public eye for a while, and give people a chance to miss you. "
" I see myself as sexy. If you are comfortable with it, it can be very classy and appealing. "
" I began to work the stage and get the audience into it. I also learned how to have fun out there. It is something I will never forget."
" There are certain things I want to keep to me. I don’t discuss my private life. "
" When a fan comes up to you and says I love your music, there’s nothing better than that."
" You have to love what you do to want to do it everyday. "
" I’m the interpreter. I’m the one who takes your words and brings them to life. I was trained to sing and dance and laugh, and that’s what I want to do. "
" I don’t think about my previous success. I’m happy that the work I’ve done has been very successful. "
" It’s in how you carry yourself. I’ve always been a very mature person, and I’ve always known what I wanted. And I go after it no matter what. "
" I want people to remember me as a full on entertainer and a good person. "
" All I can do is leave it in God’s hands and hope that my fans feel where I’m coming from. "
" I stay true to myself and my style, and I am always pushing myself to be aware of that and be original."
" I’m a survivor and I can handle anything. I’m very confident about that. "
" I don't want to abandon one work for the other, and I don't think I need to sacrifice anything to put my all into either one of them."

Aaliyah: Rare Photo From Albert Watson Photoshoot, 2001

By Sandy


Repost via Christian Manon Page on FB: "I received a request from a group of Aaliyah’s fans asking me very nicely if I wouldn’t mind to share some of my memories of Aaliyah. So... here it is: I met Aaliyah late 2000 when we filmed the glam and horror cult movie QUEEN OF THE DAMNED for Warner Bros in Melbourne. I played Vampire Mael and she was, of course, the Queen. She was the most lovely, kind, and fun loving beautiful young woman. She proved herself being witty and very intelligent and remained modest. Her apparent lightness hid serious depths. She worked for very long hours between her lead role in the movie and music recording for her new album. She was extremely dedicated to both! Most gentle and graceful, she came to my caravan to give me this signed photo for my daughter Magali after my request. Beside Aaliyah who was lovely I also met Eric Forman her personal hair stylist who died with her in that fateful plane crash. He was a very warm, friendly and funny man and insisted to have his photo taken with me by Aaliyah to her great amusement... She saw the fun and humor in many situations and her joy was contagious. I also met Rachad, Aaliyah’s brother and silent shadow and was introduced by her to Michael their Dad as well as briefly to their Mum. Michael was so proud of her!.. During a day off filming I met Aaliyah with her Mum and Dad on Toorak road in South-Yarra a trendy Melbourne street. They all said Hi surprised to meet me in town out of my vampire’s gears and fangs and were very warm and welcoming. Michael told me : « The girls are going through stores for clothing and things... I'll wait here on this street bench. Wanna sit? »I sat with him, it was warm and sunny. We chatted for a while... I noticed he had old faded tattoos on his arms and some gold teeth! He looked great, really old school cool, strait from NY I thought. Michael said they were very lucky and so happy to have that wonderful daughter: « She is a Gem. Our bright star."

Thank you so much for sharing and to the fan who tagged us in the original source. It's moments like these where the original source is so important as we would of never come across this story of Christian Manon, having the opportunity to meet both Diane and Michael Haughton, as well as Eric Foreman (Aaliyah's glam squad team). Unfortunately we cannot remember the name of the person who tagged us via our old original page (before it got hacked 😩). Again thank you once again! (📸: Albert Watson)