Missy Elliott Stars in Marc Jacobs' Fall 2016 Campaign

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Missy Elliott

The unique cast of characters in the designer's upcoming ads also includes Sissy Spacek.

Each season we look forward to the surprise of who Marc Jacobs will select to star in his new campaign. He never fails to delight with his choices, whether it’s Winona Ryder, Cher or Miley Cyrus. His fall 2016 ad lineup is no exception. That’s because none other than Missy Elliott is making her MJ debut.

Elliott, whom he refers to as "Supa Dupa Fly," looks like she could take off in her ensemble, which features feathers, sequins and a puffy coat. Of the singer, Jacobs says he is "in continued awe of Missy’s ability to push the boundaries of the style of music both to the eye and to the ear." His dream came true in this shoot, since he’s been a major fan since 1997 and owes his happy, energetic team to her music keeping them going.


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On Tuesday the designer began rolling out a series of portraits of individuals who, in an Instagram post, he said "represent a collective embodiment of love, honesty, integrity, courage, strength, curiosity and inspiration. Together, as one story, this collection is a reminder to question and challenge normal and to continue exploring and pushing boundaries."


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With that he introduced his first campaign star, Genesis Breyer P-Orridge, who was photographed by David Sims and styled by Katie Grand. Of the English singer-songwriter and performance artist, who identifies as third gender, Jacobs said, "Through music, poetry and art, Genesis continues to explore, shape shift and define what it means to give love, be loved and live love."


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In this way, Jacobs introduced the rest of the personalities featured in the ads, all shot by Sims. Sissy Spacek is another bold-faced name who appears in the dark, slightly haunting series wearing a luxe fur-collar coat. The designer refers to her as a "Gentle Heroine," recalling that he was 13 when he first saw her in the film Carrie. "Sissy’s character (that type of girl) is a reoccurring artistic reference in my work. The life she brings to all the characters she has portrayed as an artist is ever expanding, evolving and inspiring."