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The Internet went nuts yesterday after rapper Lil' Kim shared new photos of herself on Instagram, looking like a totally different person. The "Crush on You" star has had her fair share of plastic surgeries in the past, but her latest transformation left her unrecognizable and a lot whiter-looking. I'm talking bleached white skin, a blonder wig, more European-looking features, and even blue contact lenses. It was shocking to say the least. But what really surprised me were what some of the hosts on The Talk had to say about it.
"I feel like when I see this, it just makes me sad. To dislike the way you look so much that you change your appearance that radically has to be painful," she says. "I don't blame her, I blame a culture where every time you turn on the TV, everything tells you that the standard of beauty is blonde and blue-eyed and everything else is less than."
Tyler's analysis of the whole thing seems pretty on point. Breast implants and a nose job might be one thing, but Lil Kim's transformation is drastic. It's only natural to speculate if the rapper struggles with severely low self-esteem. What else would lead someone to alter their appearance in such a dramatic way? But it was cohosts Sharon Osbourne's and Julie Chen's comments on the whole thing that were just totally off. They literally defended her look by comparing it to Madonna's ever changing and evolving appearance. Seriously, how is that even the same thing?Related From Vivala: Report Shows That More Teens Are Getting Genital Surgery
"Not as radical as a transformation," Tyler said, adding that race clearly played a big part in Lil' Kim's plastic surgeries. I mean Kim has even admitted that herself. In a 2000 interview with Newsweek, Lil' Kim even opened up about why she was rocking blue contact lenses and blonde wigs at the time.
"I have low self-esteem and I always have," she said. "Guys always cheated on me with women who were European-looking. You know, the long-hair type. Really beautiful women that left me thinking, 'How I can I compete with that?' Being a regular black girl wasn't enough."It's obvious that society's standards of beauty clearly got to Lil' Kim. So how are we going to compare a black woman who, over the years, has made herself look more and more white to an actual white pop icon who has only altered her hair and fashion? Kim's transformation is a lot more serious than Osbourne or Chen even realize. There are clearly some underlying issues at play.