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From Gangster Child Beauty Pageants to Shoppable Music Videos

 - Aug 16, 2012
These female rapper features prove that ladies dominate the hip-hop industry.

With the pioneering ways of artists like Lil Kim, the prominence of women in the mainly male-dominated industry has exponentially increased. Rappers like Nicki Minaj, Iggy Azalea and Azealia Banks are not only using their talent to create catchy music, but also taking on the role of entrepreneurial mavens.

From creating endorsement deals to cosmetics lines, these ladies are business oriented. For instance, in 'Cotton Candy Celeb Cosmetics,' Nicki Minaj teams up with MAC to create her own line of lipstick shades in colors inspired by her effeminate persona. The burgeoning Iggy Azalea has also proven business savvy with her shoppable music video. Finally, Azealia Banks is a breakthrough fashionista with her appearance in the T by Alexander Wang campaign.

There is no doubt that these ladies are fierce and bringing girl power to the hip-hop music industry.