Ashanti proved this week that she’s a timeless beauty.
The 39-year-old crooner took to Instagram on Thursday, May 22, and posted an old Source magazine cover she graced in 2003. On the cover, Ashanti posed in a burgundy string bikini top, matching boy shorts and a sun visor. Dog chains draped around her neck as she modeled with her hands on her hips.
Ashanti’s sexy ensemble exposed her toned tummy, legs and dewy skin. In her caption, she expressed how “big” of a “deal” it was for her to cover Source magazine at the time. She suggested that it greatly impacted her career.
“The source Magazine was like a staple in Hip Hop… so for “a new lil R&B singer” at the time this was huge.. lol,” she said. “I think it had been 10 years since a female was on the cover… I posted these #tbt’s to show u guys the authenticity of the Merch. It truly is a part of me and my career… and none of this is possible with out you guys. Thank y’all for the love ❤️ cc @liltuneshi for all the creative direction on the Merch line & talking me into doing it lol ❤️😘🙌🏽 s/o to @misahylton on styling @jjsworld1 on make up.( And yes that’s the princess chain that’s on the other Merch T) lol”
Ashanti also shared another throwback photo where she graces the 2007 Hollywood issue of King magazine. She added the hashtag “#PhoenixDeville 🖤”
The “Foolish” singer was showered with fan compliments over her post.
“@ashanti 🔥🔥🔥BODIED THIS SHOOT!! I miss this day!!! Princess Ashanti love you forever 😘❤️💯🙏🏼👸🏻 Best Source Cover hands down!! 🙌🏽🙌🏽 ✅ #teamashanti #thesource #oneofmyfavorites #jjthejacobofmakeup #fire🔥 #greatmemories #naturalbeauty”
“Love ittttttt… I loved listening to you growing up 😍💕”
“N u still fine asl had my moms send me this while i was in boot camp lord have mercy🔥”
“I member u killn s–t.. 🔥🔥This the one🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥 I had this cover framed in my room!!!! I remember collecting every magazine that u covered. 😩🤣”
“Omg the cover is iconic I had it cut out as put on my bedroom wall and in my clear plastic binder as a cover 😩😍Still one of the baddest to ever do it 🙌🏽”
“Smoking hot! Yeah the cover took you another level, first time seeing at 7eleven,almost bought the whole rack, I was shocked😲”
In April, Ashanti celebrated the 18-year anniversary of her self-titled debut album, which was released in 2002.
In an April 2 Instagram post, the singer thanked fans for supporting her career and said she was forever “grateful.” She wrote, “Humbled even more every year. Celebrating 18 years of my debut Album.. Its so crazy that I have so many requests… more from rappers than anyone from this new generation to sample these songs… it’s an incredible feeling that 18 years later this album still slaps… still touches people young & old.”
She continued, “Super grateful. Thank you guys so much for all your love and continued support. I couldn’t do it with out you! Thank you to Murder Inc, Def Jam & Team Ashanti. Still in the Guinness book of world records for the fastest selling R&B debut female artist in music history🙏🏽.”