Before Cardi B and after Lauryn Hill there E-v-e, the pit bull in a skirt from Philly who, in 1999, dropped the the third album by a female rap artist to top the Billboard 200.
At the time, Ruff Ryders’ First Lady was mixing masculine lyrics with feminine sex appeal via mini-dresses, peek-a-boo cleavage, and thigh-high boots and heels. But over time, the beauty’s image softened, her appeal widened, and we began to see an actress, entrepreneur, and woman who could spit hard lyrics in a striking ball gown with no problem.
Now as Eve turns 39, we take a look back at some of her earlier fashion choices and how she evolved over time to become an artist that didn’t just slay in the studio but on the red carpet as well.
SANTA MONICA, CA – SEPTEMBER 3: Rapper Eve attend the Fifth Annual Soul Train Lady of Soul Awards on September 3, 1999 at the Santa Monica Civic Auditorium in Santa Monica, California. (Photo by Ron Galella, Ltd./WireImage)
LOS ANGELES – JANUARY 17: Rapper Eve attends the 27th Annual American Music Awards on January 17, 2000 at the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Ron Galella, Ltd./WireImage)
NEW YORK CITY – SEPTEMBER 7: Rapper Eve attends the 17th Annual MTV Video Music Awards on September 7, 2000 at Radio City Music Hall in New York City. (Photo by Ron Galella/WireImage)
NEW YORK – FEBRUARY 23: Rapper Eve attends the 45th Annual Grammy Awards at Madison Square Garden on February 23, 2003 in New York City. (Photo by Evan Agostini/Getty Images)
NEW YORK – JUNE 7: Rapper Eve attends the “2004 CFDA Fashion Awards” at the New York Public Library June 7, 2004 in New York City. (Photo by Evan Agostini/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA – FEBRUARY 13: Rapper Eve arrives to the 47th Annual Grammy Awards at the Staples Center February 13, 2005 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)
NEW YORK – MAY 01: Rapper Eve attends the Metropolitan Museum of Art Costume Institute Benefit Gala: Anglomania at the Metropolitan Museum of Art May 1, 2006 in New York City. (Photo by Evan Agostini/Getty Images)
UNIVERSAL CITY, CA – AUGUST 26: Rapper Eve arrives to the 2007 Teen Choice Awards at the Gibson Amphitheater on August 26, 2007 in Universal City, California. (Photo by Steve Granitz/WireImage)
NEW YORK – JUNE 11: *U.S. TABLOIDS OUT* Singer Eve poses backstage after an appearance on MTV’s Total Request Live June 11, 2007 in New York City. (Photo by Evan Agostini/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY – FEBRUARY 08: Rapper-songwriter/actress Eve attends Fall 2013 Mercedes-Benz Fashion Show at The Theater at Lincoln Center on February 8, 2013 in New York City. (Photo by Gilbert Carrasquillo/FilmMagic)
LOS ANGELES, CA – JUNE 30: Recording artist Eve attends the 2013 BET Awards at Nokia Theatre L.A. Live on June 30, 2013 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Jason LaVeris/FilmMagic)
HOLLYWOOD, CALIFORNIA – APRIL 06: Actress/rapper Eve attends the premiere of “Barbershop: The Next Cut” at TCL Chinese Theatre on April 6, 2016 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Jason LaVeris/FilmMagic)
NEW YORK, NY – JULY 11: Rapper and host Eve attends the VH1 Hip Hop Honors: All Hail The Queens at David Geffen Hall on July 11, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Michael Loccisano/Getty Images for VH1)
BURBANK, CA – SEPTEMBER 29: Rapper Eve models fashion on the runway at Autism Speaks “La Vie En Blue” Fashion Gala at Warner Bros. Studios on September 29, 2016 in Burbank, California. (Photo by Lily Lawrence/Getty Images for Autism Speaks)