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Missy Elliott is a Grammy Award-winning singer, rapper, songwriter and producer who achieved great success while breaking boundaries in the field of hip-hop.
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I believe in a higher being, and that gives me faith to be strong and go on."
Elliott has also had to deal with Graves' disease, an autoimmune disorder that affects the thyroid. With a doctor's help, she learned to manage the condition through diet and exercise.
Elliott's phenomenal success in hip-hop led to her appearing on TV, in ad campaigns and in films, but music is still her focus. Recently, Elliott added Little Mix to the diverse list of artists she has worked with--a list that includes Christina Aguilera, Eminem, Mick Jagger and Whitney Houston--when she performed guest vocals for the group's 2013 release "How Ya Doin'."
After being dismissed for her appearance at the start of her career, Elliott ended up carving her own path to success. An entrepreneur and visionary, Elliott's skills in writing, producing and performing helped her become hip-hop's first female mogul and a hip-hop icon.
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