Today we celebrate the birthday of Lil’ Kim, the ultra-feminist and standard measure for female rappers. The Queen Bee has not only broken barriers for women, but re-shaped the tone of rap music to reflect a women’s sexual desire. Along with sexuality, she concentrated on edgy hardcore rap, two territories that had long been the province of male rappers. The Brooklyn-born artist has inspired many and continues to be a force within the realm of music and culture. In 1997, Lil’ Kim was featured in VISIONAIRE 21 Deck of Cards in an editorial shot by Terry Richardson. “The whole thing was to give diamonds a new look,” Cecilia Dean, co-founder of VISIONAIRE, said. Lil’ Kim was queen of re-invention then and remains that today.

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