Read Latoya Peterson's review of My Mic Sounds Nice, a documentary on women, sexism and hip hop, which aired on BET recently. She talks a little about the 90s and how during that decade women started making inroads in the world of hip hop, but also had to sex up their image to gain acceptance:
"Lady of Rage talked about feeling pressured in as time went on to soften her look, to lose weight, to become more visually appealing, and all the female emcees echoed similar sentiments. They showed images of Da Brat at her debut and in the 1990s, noting that most women felt obligated to trade in their jeans, caps, and Tims for a more stereotypically feminine look."
Watch My Mic Sounds Nice here.