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Rapper Lil Kim models fabulous summer swimsuits in 2000.
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Season: 12 Episode: 71
Title: Sexy Summer Layout
Original Airdate: 5/17/00
Sightings: Lil Kim, Molly Sims, Cynthia Rowley

MUSIC AND FASHION: LIL KIM TRIES ON BATHING SUITS

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Rapper Lil Kim models fabulous summer swimsuits in 2000.
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OK, so hardcore Lil Kim Stans are going to bug, because here is Queen Bee, right before the release of her Notorious K.I.M. album, and she’s modeling her favorite swimsuits of the season. First of all, Kim’s body is BANGING. Serving obliques for days. And this is without airbrushing or anything. Anyone who’s a fan of wigs or gaudy bathing suits circa 2000 will adore this clip as well, since Kim kicks it off in a Gucci monogram trench coat in the classic colors. First, there’s a bright orange cut-out one-piece that covers the navel, but is low-slung enough to accentuate her hips. Accessories are added, and a vibrant, layered wig. Then all practicality is jettisoned in the name of looking fly, because the next one is a turquoise, bedazzled, SUEDE bikini with a matching prehistoric-looking sarong, a matching wig (that I’m also positive she wore for the XXL cover where she’s covered in soap suds) , and a frosted lip. Then there’s a turquoise python bikini with, wait for it, puffs of furry mink at the ties.

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Rapper Lil Kim models fabulous summer swimsuits in 2000.
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A black Dolce & Gabbana bikini is offered up as a dressier option, since it features pearl necklaces that encircle the waist. Finally, a patent leather embossed crocodile boy short situation is deemed "great for parties." The cut is trendy for the season, and the extra coverage is suitable for the outdoors (at least it is according to Kim).

Kim then shills her album, dropping in mere weeks, and it’s weird to take stock of how much the House of Style has changed as interest in models waned. What would have normally been a magazine shoot with a behind-the-scenes element about the photographer is now a standalone video editorial with a performer who has the added agenda of publicizing a project. The celebrity of a model no longer holds the same cachet with our audience.

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Destiny's Child

Destiny's Child gets ready for the 2000 MTV Video Music Awards.
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Season: 12 Episode: 72
Title: House of Style at the 2000 MTV Video Music Awards, “Have a Look”
Original Airdate: 9/9/00
Appearances: Michelle Williams, Kelly Rowland and Beyoncé Knowles (Destiny's Child)

MUSIC AND FASHION: INSIDE DESTINY'S CHILD'S DRESSING ROOM

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Kelly Rowland of Destiny's Child gets ready for the 2000 MTV Video Music Awards.
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It's crazy to think that, in 2000, Destiny's Child had already been together for ten years. After exhaustively covering backstage scenes at Fashion Week, here we follow the young performers into their dressing rooms to watch them get ready for the 2000 Video Music Awards held at Radio City Music Hall. It's not unlike a fashion show: There are three ladies who need to ready, and a full glam squad is standing by for hair and makeup. It's the band's first VMA appearance, and the ladies wanted to make a splash, so stylist Tina Knowles turned it out, outfitting them in their memorable studded leather getups.

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Beyoncé Knowles of Destiny's Child gets ready for the 2000 MTV Video Music Awards.
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It's clear that they're used to the spotlight. The girls are comfortable addressing the camera in this intimate setting—they sing songs and clown around while selecting $500,000 earrings. They're also unfussy when it comes to admitting how uncomfortable they are as they're strapped into unyielding corsets, and it's rad to see that even ladies who are curvy yet appear to have 12” waists are not above yowls of discomfort.

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Beyoncé Knowles of Destiny's Child gets ready for the 2000 MTV Video Music Awards.
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Spiked heels finish off the edgy look, and then we're riding alongside them in their limousines, all the way to the red carpet, where House of Style host Molly Sims waits to interview them. We rarely get this level of candor from Beyoncé again. All three members of Destiny's Child are consummate professionals, but the tabloid scrutiny and paparazzi madness would make moments like these near impossible to arrange. This is a rare moment in MTV history, and we're fortunate that House of Style got to be there.

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Destiny's Child at the 2000 MTV Video Music Awards.
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I love these two as a couple. What a festive way to celebrate two important events in their life. Mariah looks like a dream.

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