Lil’ Kim, one of the most famous female rappers in the world who comes from Native American and African American descent, is now looking rather a lot like a white woman.
This photo certainly stands in stark contrast to the Kimberly Jones that broke on to the music scene in 1995 as part of the short lived rap group Junior M.A.F.I.A.
The group was formed under the mentorship of Biggie Smalls, who helped Kim launch her solo career, and he was the love of her life despite him being married to Faith Evans.
His 1997 murder took a toll on Kim which, on top of the memories of an emotional upbringing in Brooklyn, has many people using it as a reason for the rapper’s appearance physically changing over the last 20 years.
Lil’ Kim is obviously not the first black person to decide to alter their physical appearance to look more Caucasian, or as many people have suggested in her case, Asian.
Michael Jackson is probably the most notorious of celebrities who have drastically changed their features after going through skin lightening and cosmetic surgery, though like Kim, his upbringing was hardly ideal.
His father was known to be emotionally abusive to his youngest son, and from the age of 21 until his death at 50, he reportedly had over 100 plastic surgery operations.
Though Kim has never publicly spoken about her plastic surgery, it seems she’s had work on her nose and eyes in particular, as well as lightened her skin.
But while many have come out to criticise the rapper, others have supported her and understand that maybe Kim’s aesthetic change is more than just narcissistic.
Lil Kim needs love, support, understanding. Not shame & judgement
— John Wess (@imJohnWess) April 25, 2016
Lil Kim transformation is actually pretty sad. I pray none of ya’ll dislike yourselves that much.
— Cedric Aaron (@Ced213) April 25, 2016
BDD is real. Leave Lil Kim alone. pic.twitter.com/FoltDPCJAa
— pettynextdoor (@XANAXDREAMS) April 25, 2016
lil Kim is a prime example of why internal confidence is so important.
— yasmine (@AyoYasmine) April 25, 2016
I grew up listening to Lil’ Kim, I loved her because she was so confident & I admired that, not realizing she was hurting. @LilKim
— Jerome Trammel (@MrJeromeTrammel) April 25, 2016
Whatever your opinion is of Lil’ Kim’s face, she’s still one of the great female rappers of our time, so may be we should remember to judge her by her music rather than her looks.