Lil’ Kim posted a series of selfies to both her Instagram and Facebook page on Sunday which sparked a tirade of negative comments from fans. The images show a much lighter Lil’ Kim who looks to have had more plastic surgery done as well.
The 41-year-old rapper, whose real name is Kimberly Denise Jones, simply captioned the images: “Miami heat.”
“What the hell??? This ain’t Lil’ Kim,” one Facebook commenter wrote, reacting to the selfies. “Ladies, always love yourself no matter what skin color you are!! You’re still beautiful!!”
“Dark skinned Lil’ Kim was perfection… I don’t know who this woman is anymore,” added another.
Lil’ Kim has always been open about self image struggles and her battle to be happy in her own skin. In 2000, the singer spoke to Newsweek about her appearance, admitting that she has a “low self-esteem” when it comes to her looks.
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“Guys always cheated on me with women who were European-looking,” she told the magazine. “You know, the long-hair type. Really beautiful women that left me thinking, ‘How I can I compete with that?’ Being a regular black girl wasn’t good enough.”
Sure, Lil’ Kim looks like a completely different person and chances are she has bleached her skin, had extra fillers and maybe plumped up her lips again, but we need to realise that all these changes to her appearance are coming from a very dark place. The rapper looks to be trying to find her happiness by drastically changing her appearance. Who knows what physical and emotional scars she’s trying to hide? Especially in her industry where she’s judged on her looks as well as her talent, the pressure to look like her peers, i.e. Beyonce, must be enormous! No-one needs that kind of pressure.
Photos courtesy of Instagram.