BET Awards 2021: Lil Kim's Prada Bangs And Other Iconic Outfits That Have Stolen The Show

When you're a fashion icon, you're used to people talking about your daring choices. Here are some of the Queen Bee's bold awards-show looks from the last two decades!

Since making her rapping debut in 1996, those who followed the career of Lil’ Kim knew that she was going to spark plenty of conversation with her skillful lyrics and bold fashion choices.

The Brooklyn doll really left us in awe when she snapped promotional photos for the release of her album Hard Core, wearing leopard lingerie, which she paired with a matching duster.

Quickly, high-end fashion houses like Versace, Moschino, and Marc Jacobs took note of a legend-in-the-making and commissioned her as a muse. Photographers, writers, and style seekers eagerly awaited for Kim to grace the red carpet in her little to nothing attire, proving that she is very comfortable with her curves. Who cam forget her David Lachapelle x Louis Vuitton fashion shoot where she donned a hat from the designer and nothing more that the LV logo painted all over her naked body. And of course, her statement-making hair has always been a topic of conversation. 

To live up to the title of fashion icon and trendsetter you take risks, whether you're adored or hated at the time doesn't matter because it's your power, influence, and ability to get folks talking that's remembered. The 46-year-old created yet another memorable moment when she performed onstage at the BET Awards 2021 rocking Prada from head-to-toe, including logo-laden bangs that had everyone from Vogue singing her praises to trolls being trolls. Below, check out some of of our favorite Lil Kim awards show looks—including the Prada bangs--and see how the fashion icon has commanded our attention over the course of two decaades. 

  1. 1999: MTV Video Music Awards

    (Photo by Vinnie Zuffante/Getty Images)
    (Photo by Vinnie Zuffante/Getty Images)

    A style icon is born. Lil' Kim shocked and awed many when she stepped onto the 1999 MTV Video Music Awards wearing a lilac one-sleeve jumper and a matching shell pasty on her boob. This is how you make a grand entrance!

  2. 2000: Baby Phat Lingerie fashion show

    The recording artist had “No Time” to play when she strutted down the runway at the Baby Phat Lingerie fashion show in 2000. “The Jump Off” rapper showed off her rock solid abs in a tiny black bra with matching insignia panties, a floor-length fur coat, and sexy black mules. 

  3. 2003: BET Awards

    Lil' Kim brought us modern mermaid vibes when she made a big splash on the BET Awards carpet. We totally vibed with the oceanic design of this barely-there bikini, which she paired with a matching patterned duster.

  4. 2017: BET Awards

    (Photo by Neilson Barnard/Getty Images for BET)
    (Photo by Neilson Barnard/Getty Images for BET)

    The “Get Money” rapper dazzled backstage at the 2017 BET Awards. Wearing a very revealing shimmery catsuit, she inspired fans to re-create this look that hugged her hips graciously.

  5. 2019: BET Hip Hop Awards

    (Photo by Aaron J. Thornton/WireImage)
    (Photo by Aaron J. Thornton/WireImage)

    Life is Gucci! Lil’ Kim arrived at the 2019 BET Hip Hop Awards dripped in head-to-toe Gucci by Harlem designer Dapper Dan. Never one to miss setting a trend, the Brooklyn darling matched her edgy hair with the pink metallic dress.

  6. 2021: BET Awards

    (Photo by Paras Griffin/Getty Images for BET)
    (Photo by Paras Griffin/Getty Images for BET)

    No matter what they say, Lil' Kim is a fashion trendsetter! She proved it once again when she performed at the BET Awards 2021, wearing an all-white Prada fit with– drumroll please– matching logo bangs. We say, move over for the Queen! 

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