Janet Jackson Recreated Her “Control” Album Cover With the Most Epic Hair of All Time — See Photo

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Janet Jackson just threw it way back to one of her most iconic looks and album covers, paying homage to her 1986 masterpiece Control with a dead-on recreation that has us wondering what year it is.

Jackson channeled her late-’80s self for the 37th Annual Rock & Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony on November 5; her legendary producers Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis were inducted into the hall of fame that evening, with Jackson herself giving them a warm welcome. (She was inducted in 2019.) The duo was instrumental in making her third album such a massive success with countless number-one hits, and Jackson gave a sly wink to the album cover with her look for the evening, hitting the red carpet and the stage in a faithful recreation of that statement-making cover.

To celebrate her friends’ achievement, Jackson wore her hair in a gravity-defying updo of fluffy, voluminous curls on one side of her head, fastened at the base with a black wrap. The style was a near exact copy of the one she wore on the 1986 cover, as was the structured all-black suit with a button front blouse with bold shoulder details and wide-leg, high-waisted pants, designed by Christian Siriano to mimic the original ensemble. “When Janet calls and asks you to re-create her CONTROL album cover you do it! Wow how do I get to create for this Icon! I love this woman so much!!!!” the designer wrote on Instagram, where he posted a full-body shot of the musician in the outfit as well as a then-and-now shot of Jackson at 20 and now at 56.

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