Lil Kim has refuted claims made by Ebony magazine’s photographer that she approved her cover photo, accusing the publication of trying to “sabotage” her.
The controversy prompted a response from Ebony’s photography director, Keith Major, who in an Instagram comment claimed that Lil Kim “wanted to be in control of the retouching so this is what we got.”
Lil Kim however, the cover she approved wasn’t the one that Ebony published — and she isn’t happy about it.
“Who is this?” Queen Bee wrote on her IG Stories. “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 sabatoge for me. The funny shit about this, is that this is THEIR retoucher [crying laughing emoji, sighing face emoji, face-palm emoji].”
Kim also reshared the cover photo that she did approve from a member of her team, who wrote: “Me & @lilkimthequeenbee stayed up for hours wit the team & chose this .. we have the receipts fool! For the record, we definitely didn’t choose that other flick.”
A side-by-side comparison of the two photos shows a difference in skin tone, contrast and brightness.