Yesterday, Lil’ Kim posted this photo of herself on Instagram. The photo immediately went viral on Instagram and Twitter because most didn’t recognize the rap star. When I first saw the photo, I thought it was a white (or at least very light) makeup artist who was trying to channel the Queen B. I didn’t believe that it was actually Lil’ Kim until I saw the image posted on her own Instagram account. I tagged a cousin in the photo and she responded with “Who’s this?”
Kim also posted a video of herself and it appears that the rest of her body’s complexion is starting to catch up to the complexion of her face.
Like me, most of her followers were shocked. They couldn’t believe they were looking at the same woman who made the hit “Crush on You” in 1997. While some followers criticized the rapper for her white appearance, other’s concluded that there is a deeper problem at hand.
In an article written by Allison Samuels for NewsWeek.com, Lil’ Kim stated that she has low self-esteem and men have never been faithful to her — often leaving her for women who were “European looking”. Men have also told her that she wasn’t pretty enough and after hearing the words so much, it took its toll on her emotionally, and thus her transformation began.
This isn’t the first time we’ve seen a white-washed Lil’ Kim. Back in February, she posted an Instagram photo that she took with Kim Kardashian. Again, people noticed that her complexion was very light. She clapped back at all the backlash and denied that she was bleaching her skin. She stated that Instagram is a way to express yourself through photography and a filter was to blame for the sudden lightness of her complexion.
“The Lil Kim hate is a different type of hate…I lightened up the picture because I like when the makeup pops a little more and you can see the beauty of the makeup that @Tasha_mack_mua did. Kim [Kardashian] wanted to look a little darker, because that’s the way she liked it.” — Naturallymoi.com
At this point it’s kind of hard to deny that Lil’ Kim’s skin tone has been lightened, especially since there are so many other photos floating around of Kim with a significantly lighter complexion. As of right now, the rapper has not made any statements about the photo.
What are your thoughts about Lil’ Kim’s look?