The 44-year-old rap star has often said that she gave birth to some of the ideas that female rappers of today have adopted, and nothing can be more true when it comes to Kim’s fashion choices.
As if we need to prove our point, on Halloween 2017, Beyoncé expressed her love for the rapper’s fashion with a tribute photo shoot replicating some of her best looks. “Hip Hop would not be the same without our Original Queen Bee,” the superstar singer wrote on her Instagram.
“There are a lot of nineties supermodels that I love and I’m inspired by—but Lil’ Kim, for me, she had so many different looks,” said the pop star to Vogue.
“All of the looks were inspired by some of Lil’ Kim‘s looks. Cardi definitely pays homage to Lil Kim in the video which is cool about her,” costume designer Laurel DeWitt told Hollywood Life in December 2018.
Many people have paid homage to the “No Time” rapper, who has not only donned many high-end fashion brands, but also brought attention to up-and-coming labels who became popular thanks to her mentioning them in her quick-witted and lethal tongue raps.
Even with these facts, sadly, Lil Kim is snubbed when it comes to receiving the accolades she deserves for bridging the gap between rappers and the fashion world, that is until now, because fans are taking notice and sounding off in a big way!
But we, at BET, see you, Lil Kim, and we are giving credit where it is due.
Check out five of the most iconic Queen Bee fashion moments that are not only jaw dropping but legendary!
Crotched low in a leopard bikini, and matching peignoir, the sultry rapper bluntly introduced us to sexual liberation for women.
She put her daring style on display wearing a purple jumpsuit and a pasty. Even the “Boss” Diana Ross took notice with a little boob jiggle.
Known for her love for furs, she was gifted the matching ensemble from her longtime friend, Diddy.
The rapper had us all mesmerized wearing nothing but airbrushed-on LV logos.
“When I did that image, it was about the skin as a luxury item,” said LaChapelle. “I was taking cues from Harlem designer Dapper Dan. Logos hadn’t come back yet [into runway fashion]; that happened a season or two later,” said photographer David LaChappelle to Vice.
Can you hear me now? If that’s not enough for you to crown the Queen Bee with a “Fashion Icon” award, we don’t know what to tell you.
(Photo: Johnny Nunez/WireImage)