lil kim is back with a new mixtape and is rocking nyfw
Bill Cunningham can tell you best: New York Fashion Week happens just as much on the street as it does on the runway. Friday night, bonafide Hip Hop and style legend Lil Kim kept the NYFW party rolling, giving the eager crowd a taste of her forthcoming...
Congratulations on becoming a new mother! What's been the most rewarding part of parenthood thus far?
Just her, period! She's the most beautiful baby ever. I love her, I miss her so much right now. Being away from her is the hardest, she's the most beautiful thing. When she looks at me it's just perfect! It's love.
What should we expect to hear on your forthcoming mixtape, HardCore 2K14?
Hopefully some good music! I just want for people to have an experience when they listen to my music. I can't please everybody, so I just try to please my fans and make the music that makes me feel happy, too.
As someone who was born and raised in Bed Stuy, what do you love most about New York?
The fast pace is nice - parties like this! Most of the parties here don't close until like four or five in the morning, so that's a plus. I go out of town a lot and clubs will close at like two. I love that there's always something happening in New York.
Whether it's "Black Barbie Dressed in Bulgari" or when you rocked Louis Vuitton logo body paint for a David LaChapelle shoot, you definitely know your way around luxury! Who are you most excited to see this fashion week?
I haven't seen my baby, my boy, Marc Jacobs, in so long! I'm so proud of him and the things that he's doing right now. Just being out and being who he wants to be. He's always been in his own lane, he's always helped so many other people, and he's just awesome! I want to see him venture out and do what he wants in a whole different way. So, that's gonna be fun! There might be some other shows I might be attending, don't want to say what yet!
You're someone who's always had such a strong sense of individual style and never been afraid to express it, which is why you're such a style icon for so many people! But who is your style icon?
Oh, thank you! I just love great fashion, I really appreciate iconic looks. My mom was in love with Diana Ross and coming up, I saw how much she inspired my mom and just thought she was such an amazing style icon and performer. But then I also saw how J.Lo dressed when she was just coming out--I look back at that Versace dress and still think it's so awesome. That's a real iconic look. There was an era when I just loved everything she was wearing. There are so many people I'd love to give those props to!
i-D's current issue is called the Boys and Girls Issue, so as a woman who is an icon of strength for so many people, what does girl power mean to you?
It means that you have a pussy - just joking just joking! No, seriously. I think women are beautiful creatures and we are powerful in our own ways. We're different from men, obviously. We have more of a way in the world to express ourselves. We can wear things that can make us look more sexy, we can express our opinion and still come up and hang out with the men. I just think that being a woman is so powerful in itself!
What's up next for you?
The rest of Fashion Week is going to be awesome and I have my new mixtape dropping on the 11th. But right now, we're gonna go out and have some fucking fun!
Text Emily Manning
Photography Kathy Lo