Lil' Kim Does Not Look Like Herself Anymore — Before/After Plastic Surgery Photos

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Lil' Kim Does Not Look Like Herself Anymore — Before/After Plastic Surgery Photos
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What doesn't kill you makes you stronger, so the saying goes. We all handle the pain of failed relationships, death of people close to us, and career failures in our own way.

Some people cut their hair after a bad breakup, while others start a new exercise program. But Lil Kim seems to believe that the best way to feel better is to transform yourself completely. —

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We get that you want to reinvent yourself, but to completely obliterate the way you looked before?

In 2016, Lil Kim dropped some photos of her new look that shocked fans. The 45-year-old was deemed "unrecognizable," and fans immediately noticed the drastic change in her appearance.

Lil Kim has obviously had a lot of work done that probably included a number of cosmetic surgery procedures and possibly even skin bleaching. Her transformation shocked her fans, who quickly took to Twitter with comments about her new look, with some users doling out criticism like, "Lil Kim would rather be an ugly white woman than a pretty black one."

However, others noted how disappointed they were in the rapper's extreme change, with one user writing, “It’s really so sad that Lil Kim didn’t realize how beautiful she was without all of the surgery & bleaching.” 

Yet, others voiced their support as one fan wrote, “Lil Kim needs love, support, understanding. Not shame & judgement.” 

Plastic surgeon Jennifer Levine weighed in with her opinion on the rapper's new look, saying, “It’s clear that there has been some skin bleaching. She’s probably used chemicals, which contain very high doses of acids, on her face, combined with high-acid creams to lighten her skin.”

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Levine suggested that Lil Kim may have had something done to her eyes as well. She explained, “They seem elongated and completely different. Kim would have had to have surgery to remove the fat, skin and tissue to create this new eye shape.”

She also noted that the biggest differences appeared to be in the rapper's jawline, adding, “She could have had Botox injections under the jaw for a more chiseled look. And in case it’s not obvious, Kim probably had filler injected into her cheeks.”

However, Levine said that it was also probably the work of photoshop:

“It looks like a lot of Photoshop to me. When you look at earlier pictures from just a few weeks ago, she couldn’t have made these drastic changes in such a short amount of time. The work on her jaw and eyes, which seem to be the biggest changes, could not have healed properly in time to snap these new selfies. She looks morphed and distorted. I can’t even see her ears in some of the pictures. Where did her ears go?!” 

In an interview on YouTube in 2005, the rapper revealed why she started getting surgery: because she was in an abusive relationship. Lil Kim revealed that her ex had broken her nose, so doctors had to fix it because it was so damaged. 

Although in 2016 many fans felt her new look was a way to heal from all the anti-blackness trauma that she's experienced in her life, Lil Kim doesn't seem to care what the haters think, and made no explanation about her new look, simply calling it "Miami Heat."

And as she said back in 2005, “It don’t bother me because I’m beautiful! I love myself.”

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Editor's Note: This article was originally posted on April 25, 2016 and was updated with the latest information.

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Christine Schoenwald is a writer and performer. She's had articles in The Los Angeles Times, Salon, and Woman's Day. Visit her website or and her Instagram.