Following her photo shoot for Ebony Magazine, Lil’ Kim addressed the criticism she’s faced over her most recent magazine cover.
With many believing that the final photo was heavily edited, the cover shot shows the artist (born Kimberly Denise Jones) sitting on the floor in a pink silk dress with a matching scarf draped over her head and shoulders, along with a glamorous crown.
Shortly after the September cover was unveiled, the now 49-year-old rapper’s image was criticized for being airbrushed with some wondering if the shot was actually created by artificial intelligence technology.
In the face of controversy, on Tuesday (9.19) the musician took to her Instagram Stories writing, “Who is this?! Cuz that’s not the photo I approved or any other content they’ve put out.” “I always told Ebony it looked like a painting but they didn’t wanna listen. They said they loved it. It’s the sabotage for me. The funny s**t about this, is that this is their retoucher!”
The iconic Hip Hop artist appeared to be responding to Ebony’s director of photography, Keith Major, who shot the cover and who previously stated “Man, she wanted to be in control of the retouching so this is what we got.”