Lil Kim reportedly took the lead in her highly scrutinized Ebony magazine cover photo shoot.
The magazine’s director of photography, Keith Major, addressed the heavily photoshopped image on Monday after fans questioned who took the viral photo.
“Man, she wanted control over the edits, so that’s what we got,” he wrote on Instagram.
Fans had speculated that the “Lady Marmalade” rapper was responsible for approving the unrecognizable photo.
“I knew the Lil Kim Ebony cover was her work and not the magazine,” one fan wrote.
“I literally said that because if you go to her page that’s what she likes,” another added.
“Smh people are blaming Ebony for these pics like surely Lil Kim doesn’t approve of them,” a third person tweeted.
As Page Six previously reported, fans were taken aback when Ebony posted the cover earlier this month, which showed Kim, 49, sitting down in a pink silk dress.
“This edit is so bad I thought it was the AI. Someone please tell me this is the case. QUICKLY,” one reviewer tweeted.
“Now Ebony knows they need their a*s screamed. Why did they make Kimberly look like AI?,” added another.
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Kim’s change in look has been a topic of discussion for years.
In a 2005 interview, the “Magic Stick” host opened up about having plastic surgery after being physically a*saulted by her ex-boyfriend.
“I had a black eye, bloody lips, a bruised nose. I got out of the hospital after getting a nose job, and he beat the shit out of me again,” she told host Angie Martinez at the time. “I had to have MRIs because he beat me so bad I couldn’t even move.”
Kim added that the doctor had to “fix” her nose because “it was almost broken.”
The Grammy winner also admitted that she had low self-esteem due to the type of women men cheated on her with.
“I have low self-esteem, and always have,” Kim explained in an interview with PKBNEWS in 2000. “Men were always cheating on me with European-looking women. You know, the guy with the long hair.