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.
Dating Lil Kim over the years, one would feel like he's cheated on his girlfriend with like 50 other girls pic.twitter.com/j8T0VxjQRU— Xtian Dela (@xtiandela) April 25, 2016
Social media lit up again after she posted Instagram selfies showing what appears to be significantly lighter skin and even blonder hair.
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.
Big dogged Lil Kim & chose Faith Evans over her. I have a feeling Kim been chasing this beauty ideal ever since... pic.twitter.com/rh2OnQ2ayT— Empathic Metamorph (@NelsonEmpowered) April 25, 2016
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."
Lil Kim situation is sad because she was a darkskinned Black woman. Not mixed, not racially ambiguous. Darkskinned. And beautiful.— Lemonade (@Liberienne) April 24, 2016