Watch: Janet Jackson shares new secrets from her most iconic music videos
There’s a lot about Janet Jackson and her distinctly styled music videos that even her most dedicated fans don’t know. Did you know that her spectacular false eyelashes in “What’s It Gonna Be?!” video were made from rooster feathers? Or that her statuesque red hair from “Together Again” was hand-crafted with yarn? Or how about this: Janet herself doesn’t know what those letters and numbers on the T-shirt in “The Pleasure Principle” video mean.
These facts all came straight out of Janet’s mouth as she broke down some of her most iconic music video looks just to Seduce – and it’s far from the end. She also shared stories from the sets of “Scream,” “Rhythm Nation,” “If” and “I Get Lonely,” all of which inspired mainstream beauty trends for years to come — and still are.
You can stop here to watch Janet speak herself through each video (complete with a brand new haircut, might we add) or you can keep scrolling to learn more about our favorite amazing behind-the-scenes facts from his most emblematic works.
Of all these videos, “Scream”, a Michael Jackson video starring Janet, is undoubtedly the most fascinating. For one thing, the video cost $7 million, all of which came straight out of Michael’s pocket – it’s still to this day the most expensive music video of all time. A limitless budget requires flawless makeup artistry, and that’s where legendary and late makeup artist Kevyn Aucoin comes in. He did Janet’s video makeup inspired by Japanese culture, especially anime.
The “Rhythm Nation” video, wardrobe and beauty looks, meanwhile, were inspired by blade runner and the 1966 film Fahrenheit 451. “We actually shot the elevator scene in the same location. [where Blade Runner was shot,]Janet reveals in the video. “It was a lot of long hours; there were times when we were shooting 9 p.m. in one night.”