When you hear of Lil Kim, you probably picture a woman with light brown skin and dark hair. Well, that’s not her anymore. In an Instagram collage she posted April 24th, she is seen flaunting a profoundly paler complexion and blonde hair. The dramatic change in her looks has everyone confounded, confused and dumbfounded, everyone expressing their different views on the issue.

The 41-year-old, real name Kimberly Denise Jones, first hit the spotlight in the ‘90s rapping alongside The Notorious B.I.G whom she dated. Quite frankly, she found early success in her career being a pioneer in female hip-hop. Over the years since her she has been no strangers to makeovers and in a 2000 Newsweek interview, she even admitted to having a low self esteem and how that affected her dating life.

It still remains a mystery whether the new look is as a result of plastic surgery, extreme makeover or bleach, but one thing is for sure, she is not the Lil Kim we all know. Check out her changing looks since 1999-2013, and now she looks different than ever.

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The new look is even more drastic- she barely looks like the rapper we relate to. For this, she has been caught up in a whirlwind of controversy throughout the week, with most of social media widely slamming her, some terming it as an expression of low self-esteem. Her story has even dredged up a colorism debate. Some people went ahead to accuse her of wanting to “look white”.

Twitter went crazy, everyone commenting about the rapper’s looks. Whereas some joked about it, others saw this as emanating from other factors like egocentric beauty standards set by the modern society.