When it comes to fashion, Lil' Kim is perhaps better known for what she's not wearing than what she is. However, the Queen Bee is looking to change that with the launch of her Hollyhood clothing line.
Described as clothing for "the trendy fashionista," Hollyhood will be designed by Kim and feature a collection of tops, denim, active and fashion wear for women, with prices ranging from $25 to $200. There will also be a more upscale and limited-edition collection designed with special attention by Lil' Kim, ranging from $75 to $2000. The line will be available at select specialty and department stores worldwide in the fall of next year.
"I've always expressed my love for fashion through my music," Kim said in a statement. "Hollyhood is a label for those who believe in my philosophy that there are no rules when it comes to fashion — it's about having fun and choosing to dress in a way that makes you feel good."
While the launch of Hollyhood marks Kim's entrance into fashion, the diminutive diva has already been dabbling in jewelry. In August, she launched her Royalty watch line (see "Lil' Kim Calls Press Conference To Profess Her Innocence").
This year has been an eventful one for the Queen Bee. In April, Kim was indicted on perjury and obstruction of justice charges related to 2001 shooting incident at New York radio station Hot 97 (see "Lil' Kim Indicted For Lying About Hot 97 Shootout With Capone"). She later pleaded innocent in U.S. District Court in New York; her trial is scheduled to begin on February 28.
On a more positive note, Kim launched Lil' Kim Cares, an organization to help battered women, runaway children and homeless people. She was also the subject of an undergraduate English class at Syracuse University that focused on the cultural significance of her lyrics. The class entitled "Introduction to Race and Discourse: Hip-Hop Eshu: Queen B@#$H 101" centered on hip-hop and "black life in Africa's diaspora" as well as gender and sexuality issues, with a focus on the rapper.