Lil Kim Isn't Black Anymore? Rapper's Bombshell Reason For Bleaching Skin Leads To Overwhelming Backlash

Meaghan Ellis

Earlier this week, Lil Kim shocked the world with her recent Instagram post. For those who missed it, the Queen Bee unveiled her new look for fans and most didn't even recognize her due to the drastic changes she's made.

At first glance, the woman in the series of photos could easily be mistake for a white woman, but if you look closely, you'll realize the woman in the photos is actually Lil Kim. Needless to say, many fans were floored. In fact, fans weren't the only people surprised. Many news outlets have also reported about Lil Kim's drastic changes. Now, everyone wants to know one thing -- why? Many news outlets and fans are wondering why Lil Kim isn't black anymore, according to Newsweek. The publication reports Lil Kim allegedly claims black is "no longer beautiful" and the rumored statement may explain why she decided to make such drastic changes to her skin.

But, surprisingly her explanation didn't come from a recent interview. Lil Kim actually shared the reason why she no longer wanted to be black during a previous interview with Newsweek. She explained how her looks have always haunted her. As a child, she was scrutinized by her own father, and many of the men she dated reportedly cheated on her with fair-skinned women she categorized as "European-looking" with long hair. Unfortunately, she always felt inferior to those types of women as if she couldn't compete.

So, now she's made a gratuitous effort to alter her appearance over the years and she may have finally made the drastic change she desires. But, despite her reasons for the drastic changes, she's received overwhelming backlash from social media users. In fact, Starcasm reports that it has been rumored Lil Kim could just be addicted to plastic surgery and obsessed with having lighter skin. Could her situation be the result of plastic surgery addiction instead of a desire to simply alter her appearance?

Back in 2005, Lil Kim opened up about her previous relationships and her experience with plastic surgery. Then, a plastic surgeon named Dr. Levine shed light on skin bleaching which raised speculation about Lil Kim's actions.

"It's clear that there has been some skin bleaching," Dr. Levine said. "She's probably used chemicals, which contain very high doses of acids, on her face, combined with high-acid creams to lighten her skin."

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