Lil Kim says that she did not approve of the photo used for her recent Ebony Magazine cover story, refuting the photographer's claim that she had full creative control over the retouching. Kim addressed the situation in a series of posts on social media, Tuesday.
“Who is this? Cuz that’s not the photo I approved or any other content they’ve put out,” Lil Kim captioned the cover image. “I always told Ebony it looked like a painting but they didn’t wanna listen. They said they love it. It’s the sabotage for me. The funny shit about this, is that this is THEIR retoucher!”
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The post comes after the magazine’s photography director, Keith Major, claimed that Kim had control over the retouching in a comment on Instagram. “Man, she wanted to be in control of the retouching so this is what we got,” he commented on the cover on Instagram. Kim later shared a response from the Instagram user @rayeesuh, who wrote: “How about we talk about how your photos exposure was so low we couldn’t even salvage them. At the end of the day it was EBONY’s retouchers who edited the photo. I also heard you. got fired after this shit. Let’s talk about that, sir.” Kim further added: “Talk that real shit."
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Kim is just one of several hip-hop legends the magazine has featured in honor of the 50th anniversary of the genre. Others include Busta Rhymes, 50 Cent, Swizz Beatz, and Rick Ross. For their post about Kim, the outlet wrote: “[Lil Kim] shows up on our cover on her own time and in her own way. Maximizing her agency as a trendsetting and Hip Hop legend on the terms she sets. That’s just how a Queen Bee does it—shall she proceed?”