Remember the badass female rapper you loved back in the early 2000’s? Well she looks a little different these days. Lil’ Kim started quite the controversy recently when she posted a series of selfies on Instagram showing off her new look.
The Internet erupted over the controversial images, which showcase the rapper’s newly ‘white’ skin, blonde hair and airbrushed appearance. She’s never been one to shy away from a bold beauty look, whether that be experimenting with OTT wigs and colored contacts, but her latest transformation is a little bit unsettling.
If you take a scroll through her Instagram, you can see the transition occurring before your own eyes. Plastic surgery rumors first started circling the rapper back in 2012, and she appears to have undergone a huge amount of cosmetic alterations since then. Over time, her hair has gotten lighter, her nose pointier, her cheekbones higher and her skin a noticeably lighter shade.
For her fans, the most disconcerting change is her skin tone.
“Girl didn’t you get the memo? Black girls rock!”
said one Instagram user. Another lamented about the example she was setting for young black women,
“what’s wrong with being dark skinned? Grew up listening to and respecting this chick. Now I feel like the Lil’ Kim I was a fan of died and is being replaced by some Kardashian wannabe.”
In her most public appearance of the last few years, Lil’ Kim was snapped sitting next to Kim Kardashian at Kanye West’s Yeezy season three show in Madison Square garden. This was probably when the world first started to really question Lil’ Kim’s new “white” appearance.
Many of her fans are concerned that her changing appearance is reflective of her battle with low self-esteem.
“I have low self-esteem and I always have,”
she told Newsweek in 2000.
“Guys always cheated on me with women who were European- looking. Really beautiful women that left me thinking, ‘how can I compete with that?’ Being a regular black girl wasn’t good enough."
In light of these sad times, let's look back on Lil' Kim in her prime.