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Lil' Kim: Rapper, fashion provocateur, jailbird, and, now, artist. With her work hanging in Marc Jacobs' home, no less. The pint-size star, cutting the rug these days on ABC's "Dancing With the Stars," says that while she was serving 10 months in jail on perjury charges in 2006, Jacobs' letters helped keep her going.

"He's one of my best friends and was actually a huge supporter when I was in prison," she said in an interview with StyleList.com. "He wrote me every week! "I decided to buy a coloring book – I'm a huge Bratz fan – and I painted the Bratz and made them all wear Marc Jacobs, and sent it to him. He blew it up and framed it, and now it's hanging in his house. So Marc Jacobs is the best."

Lil' Kim and Jacobs are long-time pals. In 2005 Jacobs announced he was designing T-shirts featuring huge photographs of Kim to benefit The Door, a New York non-profit that helps at-risk youths with everything from health care to homework. Kim said at the time that The Door had helped her while she was growing up in Brooklyn.

Kim did Jacobs solid, too, performing a raucous set the after-party following his the showing of his spring 2006 collection (the week before she went to prison). With Lil' Kim already conquering big stages in the worlds of music and dance, can we expect to see the Bratz hanging at MoMA someday? After the jump, photos of the fashion-forward star.

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    Getting down at the 2008 BET Awards in Los Angeles, June 2008.

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    On stage with Maya, Christina Augilera, and Pink following a performance of "Lady Marmalade" at the 2002 Grammy Awards. The group took home the accolade for Best Pop Collaboration with Vocals.

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    Lil' Kim, in one of her more demure looks, in the press room backstage at the 2007 BET Awards.

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    Blowing kisses in a Marc Jacobs frock at the 2008 CFDA Awards in New York.

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    Cat eyes! Lil' Kim attends Chris Aire's spring 2007 fashion show in New York.

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    Going green: The lil' one attends the Cinema Society screening of the "Marc Jacobs & Louis Vuitton" documentary in New York circa January 2008.

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    The infamous purple pastie at the 1999 MTV Video Music Awards! The purple wig is also a nice touch.

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Lil' Kim and her Lady Marmalade girlsLil' Kim and the infamous pasty.Lil' Kim at an event honoring her pal, Marc JacobsLil' Kim performs in a trademark super-sexy outfit.The pint-sized superstar is always full of laughter and energy.