Lil’ Kim Selfie Sets Off Discussions On Beauty And Skin Color  

April 25, 2016

From the size and shape of her nose to her skin tone and cheekbones, rapper Lil’ Kim’s appearance has changed drastically over the years.

Social media lit up again after she posted Instagram selfies showing what appears to be significantly lighter skin and even blonder hair.


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A photo posted by Lil' Kim (@lilkimthequeenbee) on

While some are criticizing or questioning the rapper — there’s even a Reddit thread entitled “Anyone know why Lil Kim now looks like a white woman?” — others blame Eurocentric beauty ideals and colorism in the black community.



For what it’s worth, Lil’ Kim addressed her transformation in a 2000 interview,

"I have low self-esteem and I always have."

"Guys always cheated on me with women who were European-looking. You know, the long-hair type. Really beautiful women that left me thinking, 'How can I compete with that?' Being a regular black girl wasn't good enough."