As we all know, by the time it was actually time for Aaliyah to go to prom, she had actually been in the industry and doing very well for a while, signing her first record deal at 12. But despite all that, she took some time out to go to prom with her friends at Detroit’s High School for the Fine and Performing Arts, where she picked up her high school diploma. Here’s what she told People about her prom experience, which took place back in ’97, a year after One in a Million dropped.
“I took four of my friends—two girls and two guys. I didn’t have a boyfriend, so I thought I’d enjoy myself more if I went with a group of people.”
But that wasn’t the only reason Aaliyah stood out at her prom.
“I didn’t want to wear a dress. I wanted to be different, so I wore pants. It was a white-lace outfit that I bought in August of ’96. I saved it for the prom… My girlfriends wore white pantsuits, and the guys wore black suits. I had it coordinated. It was kinda fly.”
Of course, the man in the photo above is clearly not her date, but this is what homegirl looked like in her white lace outfit on her big night. Always different, always fly!