On April 27th, rapper Lil Kim posted a collage of her, six selfies that showed off her blonde hair, pointed nose, and very light skin complexion. Like wildfire, the Instagram picture spread across social media and fans were taken aback by Kim’s drastic makeover. Kim used to be shades darker, with natural black hair and a flatter nose. She did not keep her surgeries a secret from the world but many think she is unrecognizable and is no longer a role model for black females.
In an interview back in the 2000’s, Kim said she was altering her look because she never felt pretty enough and was always getting cheated on with white women.
Victoria Anderson, a journalist who wrote an article about Kim’s desire to be white, said that the rapper is altering herself because she is convinced black isn’t beautiful.
Fans quickly took to social media and expressed their concern and disappointment in Kim, with many fans sad that she’s altering herself and can no longer look at her as a black beauty icon.
More recently, controversial rapper Azealia Banks was featured on the ‘Whitenicious’ Instagram page. Whitenicious is a company who produces skin lightening products, to which Azealia said she supports. A spokesperson for the company, Rebecca Matamba, said that people should not worry about her skin and continue loving her music.
Fans are troubled by this slew of events because Banks prides herself on being pro-black and people think she’s a hypocrite, promoting loving black aesthetics and then bleaching her skin.
Other stars who have been rumoured to bleach their skin are Rihanna, Janet Jackson, and even Queen Bey.
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