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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 Photos Courtesy Of George Lange

By Sandy

Here are some beautiful, rare outtakes from photographer George Lange. This particular photoshoot was taken in 1999 for Teen People Magazine, which you can check out via our gallery section here. A huge shoutout to our little sis @aaliyahhaughton who found these beautiful, rare gems. Thank you for sharing and tagging us! I cannot believe we missed these! 🤣 


To add, George Lange posted the full version of the third pic above via his instagram page, which we have just uploaded to the image gallery. He also gave a background story behind this shoot which you can read below. We thought this was very interesting! Enjoy!

"I didn't know anything about Aaliyah - but there she was at a shooting I was doing with Justin Timberlake for Teen People in NYC. Like so many of my shootings, one or maybe two images have seen the light of day and rest have had a long slumber in storage. This past year I have been working on a project with my neighbors @dailybreadpa in Pittsburgh.

Talking with Sean one day, Aaliyah's name came up and Sean just went crazy. He is obsessed. I pulled the color transparencies from storage and we held them up against the window to edit. Sean picked three images and did a design for hoodies that are now available at Daily Bread. While most of my focus is looking ahead to the next shoot, I know I am sitting on a lot of secrets. Thanks to everyone at Daily Bread for helping me dig into the vault." – George Lange

Once again we thank photographer George Lange for his sincere generosity and kindess in sharing these beautiful, never before seen images.