T-Boz and Chilli for ’V’ Magazine.
Photo: V Magazine
TLC is B-A-C-K and TBH, they look like they haven’t aged a day since the ’90s. Earlier this month, we got to talk to Tionne “T-Boz” Watkins and Rozonda “Chilli” Thomas about costuming for their recently-released biopic, CrazySexyCool: The TLC Story, and they told us that the process was actually pretty easy—thanks to their ability to preserve original outfits from the golden days and the current resurgence of ’90s style. V Magazine got to chat with the duo as well, and the mag gave us the exclusive on some choice quotes from their forthcoming interview with the R&B legends.
TLC for ’V’ Magazine.
Photo: V Magazine
While pulling costumes was a somewhat seamless process, when it came to the fittings, not all the actresses in the film were created equal, according to T-Boz. “Lil Mama wore Lisa’s [costumes], because she was that size, but the other two are more top heavy, because, you know, we’re the tittiless crew, T-L-C, Titty-Less Crew, so those outfits had to be re-created.” OK, so she’s obviously not talking about their saggy denim + oversized tees days here. We’ll assume this was closer to the ab-tacular CrazySexyCool era.
Speaking of abs, don’t expect to see Chilli covering up hers any time soon. “I’m going to be 85 years old, still with a six pack,” she says. “I’m not playing. I’m going to have these abs until I go home to Jesus.” Hallelujah to that, girl. And oh, how convenient that she’ll have plenty of crop-tops to choose from next spring (like the black Marc Jacobs one she wears on above with a red-and-white striped fur stole).
No matter what they’re wearing, though, the duo will always aim to empower women with their songs. “I don’t think you can ever have enough records about self-esteem and loving yourself and not taking no crap, especially females,” says Chilli. “That girl-power thing is just missing [in music] right now. And it’s not like we’re in the studio trying to make songs like this—we’re naturally like that, so it naturally comes. We’re still being who we are. And be saying that, it’s going to help a lot of people. And that’s all we care about. We want jams to make you jam but at the same time make you think.”
You can read V Magazine’s full interview with TLC when their Winter issue hits stands on November 14th.