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Dope Sneakers Designed by Female Pop Stars

It was once unfathomable to walk in the shoes of world renowned pop stars like Billie Eilish. Things have changed, however. The average fan can now not only picture themselves in Billie’s kicks, they can now actually rock them. The Grammy Award-winning, platinum-selling international singer-songwriter just released her second sneaker collab. The limited-edition Billie Eilish x Nike AF 1 Highs — which retail at $170 — come in cream-ish colorway and feature eco-friendly materials. The vegan kicks that were first previewed late last year dropped alongside a matching clothing collection consisting of t-shirt, a hoodie and pants.

The Happier Than Ever singer had goals for her latest sneaker design. While using the iconic Air Force Ones as her canvas, she wanted to “respect the originals,” but still create something unique. “It was also important for me to mix in environmentally preferred materials where we could and present them in a way that felt fresh,” she explained.

Billie isn’t the only woman pop star to step outside of the booth and into the sneaker game. Some of the biggest names in music have also proven that they are big steppers with their sneaker creations. Allowing their creative juices to flow, these leading ladies have cooked up dope silhouettes featuring unique design patterns, luxury materials and eye-catching color ways for both women and men looking for style and comfort. There are several sneakers designed by female pop stars that are worth revisiting. Here’s a look at a few of them.

Missy Elliot’s Respect M.E. Collection
Released: 2004
adidas

Missy Elliot is one of the G.O.A.T. female rappers. She’s also an OG sneakerhead. It was a match made in sneaker heaven when the Grammy Award winner partnered with adidas for her Respect M.E. sneaker and apparel collection. Known to dress from head to toe in adidas gear, the singer-songwriter designed a set of 3-striped-branded kicks, track jackets, hoodies, pants and accessories with her signature flare.

Teyana Taylor’s Teyana Taylor X GLC Promo ‘Harlem’
Released: 2013
adidas

It’s been almost 10 years since Teyana Taylor dropped her first sneaker collab. Back in 2013, the G.O.O.D. Music singer teamed up with adidas Originals to deliver the Teyana Taylor X GLC Promo ‘Harlem.’ Inspired by Taylor’s streetwear centric athletics, the high top kicks made a minor splash following their debut during that year’s NBA All-Star weekend.

Rihanna’s Puma Fenty Creepers
Released: 2015
Puma

Rihanna’s PUMA creepers sneakers were a huge hit when they were introduced in 2015. The must-have shoe sold out within hours of its pre-sale launch. The platformed version of the classic Puma Suede silhouette was worn by women and men and helped establish the Anti singer as a formidable presence in the fashion world. 

Beyoncé’s adidas Sleek Super 72 Beyonce Ivy Park
Released: 2020
adidas

Although Beyoncé didn’t quite put her best foot forth with her first foray into fashion (remember House of Deréon?), she surely redeemed herself with Ivy Park. The athletic brand was first introduced in 2016 and then relaunched a few years later in partnership with adidas. King B’s debut Ivy Park collection featured several pairs of kicks, including the Ultra Boost, the Nite Jogger and the Sleek Super 72, which resembles adidas’ classic Samba model.

Chika’s Vans Old Skool
Released: 2021
Vans

A lot can change over the course of a few years. Ask rapper Chika. She went from a viral sensation to a Grammy nominated artist who designs sneakers within a few years. With the Vans Old Skool as her backdrop, the Alabama native delivered an astrology-inspired pair of kicks.

Cardi B’s Club C Cardi
Released: 2020
Reebok

The Club C Cardi was the first sneaker designed under the direction of Cardi B. A remix of Reebok’s classic Club C silhouette, the shoe was announced in 2020 and was released in a limited run soon after. The athletic shoe was a part of Reebok x Cardi Footwear Collection.

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DJ Khaled is One of 11 Hip-Hop Artists With Stars on the Hollywood Walk of Fame

Hollywood’s Walk of Fame features a who’s who of the entertainment industry, highlighting some of the biggest names in film, television, music, and even radio. Iconic actors, actresses, and pop stars normally come to mind when people think of celebrities with stars on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. However, that doesn’t mean that there aren’t a number of hip-hop artists who have also received this honor. Over the course of the nearly 50 years since the birth of hip-hop, several influential hip-hop artists have received their own star on the coveted Walk of Fame. 

DJ Khaled is the latest hip-hop act to receive a star on the Walk of Fame. The Grammy Award-winning producer, record executive, author, motivational speaker, and DJ has been a game-changer and hit-maker in the music industry for more than 20 years. His albums and anthems have topped the charts, while his cloth talks have gone viral. Earlier this week, the We The Best mogul proudly celebrated the momentous event accompanied by family and friends, including his wife, Diddy, Jay-Z, and Fat Joe.

Several other hip-hop artists have been recognized for their achievements in music and entertainment with this prestigious accolade. Here are 10 other hip-hop acts that have received stars on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. 

Queen Latifah

Year: 2006

Queen Latifah set it off as the first hip-hop artist to represent the culture on the Walk of Fame.​ After first gaining notoriety in the late ‘80s as a female rap star breaking barriers in a male-dominated industry, she earned her respect in Hollywood. Whether starring in the hit show Living Single (1993 – 1998) or in major films such as Chicago (2002), the queen has reigned supreme. 

Diddy

Year: 2008 

It’s no surprise that Sean “Diddy” Combs was honored with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. Throughout his illustrious career, the Bad Boy mogul has been a powerhouse in music, television, and fashion.

Pharrell Williams

Year: 2014

If you’re a fan of Pharrell Williams, then you know he’s more than deserving of a star of his own. The singer, songwriter, rapper, and record producer who has achieved success in music, fashion, film, and several other fields received Hollywood’s stamp of approval after more than two decades of him helping curate the rhythm of pop culture. 

LL Cool J

Year: 2016

One of rap’s first superstars, LL not only crossed over from hard-edge rapper to loverboy, but he also successfully transitioned into a respected actor. His credits over the course of his illustrious acting career have included In the House (1995 – 1999), Any Given Sunday (1999), S.W.A.T., and NCIS: Los Angeles (2009 -2022). 

Pitbull

Year: 2016

Pitbull is an international superstar. Mr. Worldwide cemented his legacy with his hard work and hit-making abilities. He went from building his buzz on the underground hip-hop circuit in the early 2000s to landing No. 1 singles in more than 15 countries and selling over 100 million singles worldwide.

Ice Cube

Year: 2017

Director, producer, writer, actor, and artist, Ice Cube is a founding member of one of hip-hop’s most controversial groups, N.W.A. The AmeriKKKa’s Most Wanted rapper also became a Hollywood heavyweight off of the strength of contributions to classic flicks such as Boyz In The Hood (1991), Friday (1995), The Players Club (1998), and Barbershop (2002).

Snoop Dogg

Year: 2018

One of the most influential figures in hip-hop, Snoop D-O-Double-G further cemented his place in Hollywood history by receiving his star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. The OG rap and entertainment legend’s ceremony aligned with the 25th Anniversary of his classic debut, Doggystyle.

Cypress Hill

Year: 2019

Cypress Hill made history as the first Latino-American hip-hop group to receive a star on the Walk of Fame. It wasn’t the first time the trio consisting of B Real, Sen Dog, DJ Muggs, and Eric “Bobo” Correa etched their name in the history books. Back in the early ‘90s, the influential rap crew became the first Latin-American rap group to bring home platinum and multi-platinum plaques.

50 Cent 

Year: 2020

50 Cent had the game on lock in the early 2000s with the release of record-breaking albums such as Get Rich or Die Tryin’ and The Massacre. Since switching things up and redirecting much of his attention to the small screen he’s continued to be a dominant force in entertainment with his G-Unit Film & Television and hit shows like Power (and its spinoffs).

Missy Elliott 

Year: 2021

Rapper, songwriter, producer, and style icon, Missy Elliott joined the ranks of Hollywood’s finest when she was honored with a star on the Walk of Fame. The honor was one of the more recent additions to her extensive list of achievements, which has included winning Grammy, American Music, and MTV Awards, as well as being inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame.