Lil’ Kim Shows Off Branded Bangs at the BET Awards

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The Queen Bee of the hip hop scene requires a cool and contemporary crown—and what could be more apt for the of-late Y2K revival than branding that extends to bang-level? For a tribute to Queen Latifah at last night's BET Awards, Lil' Kim took to the stage in an all-over Prada moment, the hooded look punctuated by a single branded barrette, secure at the center of the rapper's blonde bangs. 

The unexpected choice made for a decidedly futuristic look, the triangular clip an echo of Kim's similarly snipped fringe, styled to cover most of her brows while grazing ample lashes. Paired with a coordinated cat-eye—a two-toned pull of black and white–and an overlined, glassy nude lip, Kim's Prada placement toed the line between chic and irreverent, a major factor in the appeal of 2000s-era accessorizing that’s lately seen a resurgence. Will third-eye barrettes make the leap from stage style to trend? Time will tell, but one thing is certain: Lil' Kim retains her flair for making an aesthetic splash. 

Originally Appeared on Vogue