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Let's go back to 2001. The pens were gelled. The midriffs were bared. Farrah Franklin's reign of terror had finally come to an end, and Corky Romano…happened. This was also the year that Macy Gray redefined fashion itself with her styling at the 2001 MTV Video Music Awards. In case you were too young to witness that zeitgeist-defining night, here's a roundup of every outfit the "I Try" singer wore to the 2001 VMAs.

1. Macy used her dress to promote the release of her sophomore album, The Id. The back read: "BUY IT."

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Akilah Hughes is a comedian, YouTuber, and staff writer and producer for Fusion's culture section. You can almost always find her waxing poetic about memes and using too many emojis. 🍕

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