HERSource is bringing in Women’s History Month with a fun photo series featuring some of the most legendary women in Hip Hop. In celebration of the ladies’ contributions to the music and culture, we revamped their iconic images featuring different models for a new editorial shoot we’ll be rolling out each day this week.

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Today [Thursday, March 17] we’re paying tribute to Lil Kim a.k.a. the Queen Bee.

Hometown: Bedford-Stuyvesant, Brooklyn, NY


Associated Acts: The Notorious B.I.G., Junior M.A.F.I.A., and Diddy

Albums: Hard Core (1996), The Notorious K.I.M. (2000), La Bella Mafia (2003), The Naked Truth (2005), Mixtape: Black Friday (2011)

Honors/Awards: Hard Core certified Double Platinum by RIAA, sold over 11 million albums worldwide, “Lady Marmalade” collaboration single sold over 5.1 million worldwide, No. 1 on the US Billboard Hot 100-Grammy Award(2002), VH1’s 100 Greatest Women in Music and Billboard’s 31 Female Rappers who changed Hip Hop.

Model: DonMonique

What’s your favorite song by Lil Kim?

My favorite Lil Kim song is “Queen B*tch.”

What do you like most about her?

I love how she’s so carefree, doesn’t give a f*ck and always goes has hard as the guys she’s around.

What do you think she did for Hip Hop?

She opened the doors for a lot of upcoming female rappers coming up now, including myself.


Creative Director: Venus Rose

Fashion Director: Alexis Nadira

Photographer: Kirk McGurk

MUA: Kiara Nazaire

Assistant Stylist: Ariana Jones

[Look 1]

Vintage Fur – Sundawson Archives

Net dress – Gypsy Sport

Strap Bra – Body by Diaja

Heels – CitiTrendz X Sundawson