Imprisoned rapper LIL' KIM insists she's not to blame for her outrageous fashion choices in the past, claiming she's only recently wrestled control of her image.

The Lady Marmalade rapper, who yesterday (19SEP05) began her 366-day prison sentence for perjury, has faced relentless criticism over the years for donning skimpy and racy outfits, as well as wild hair colours and heavy jewellery.

So when she arrived at last month's (AUG05) MTV Video Music Awards wearing a demure silk wrap dress with a minimum of exposed skin, the star received a lot of positive attention.

She says, "I styled myself for that, and nobody helped.

"I've never really been in control of my image until the last few months. Some of that stuff I wore was just one part of me."