NEW ORLEANS, LOUISIANA - JULY 05: Missy Elliott performs onstage during the 2019 ESSENCE Festival Presented By Coca-Cola performs onstage during the at Louisiana Superdome on July 05, 2019 in New Orleans, Louisiana. (Photo by Bennett Raglin/Getty Images for ESSENCE)

“I want to be able to encourage those who don’t go viral….A lot of people out there that have 452 or 100 followers may be talented. I want them to not feel like they have to do what everybody else is doing to gain that attention. Just be you. It’s going to catch hold somewhere.”

Missy Elliott will be on the cover of the August issue of  Marie Claire, which will be in stores on July 23rd.  Click here to read the in-depth interview where Missy talks about her journey to becoming a “superstar” and how she knew what she wanted to do with her life since kindergarten!