Issue #59 of Wax Poetics magazine features a collection of never-before-seen images of Aaliyah taken during a 2001 session with Mannion. In this issue, writer Michael A. Gonzales review’s Aaliyah’s debut album, Age Ain’t Nothing but a Number, which turns twenty this year. The album,a mélange of RnB, hip-hop, and pop, helped to define both Aaliyah and mentor R. Kelly as heroes of 90’s RnB.
There are many different kinds of pressure in this business and the more successful you become, the more the pressure builds. I put a lot of pressure on myself to be true to myself and not let anything else influence me to do what someone else is doing. Being a little edgy and sexy is me. My image isn’t a put on. I’m happy to put over that dark edge in my videos because it’s always been there. But I’m happy with all aspects of myself.