Convicted hip-hop star LIL' KIM is taking inspiration from domestic goddess Martha Stewart as she prepares to begin her year-and-a-day jail sentence.

The NOT TONIGHT rapper - real name KIMBERLY JONES - is set to be incarcerated in a Connecticut prison on 19 September (05) after being found guilty of lying to a Grand Jury - be she hopes she will handle the experience as well as Stewart.

The 64-year-old recently completed a prison term and a period of house arrest following her conviction for lying about a stock sale, and Jones is amazed that Stewart "came out (of jail) looking better than when she went in".

She tells the New York Daily News, "Her courage and strength is definitely encouraging."