“All my life men have told me I wasn’t pretty enough—even the men I was dating…It’s always been men putting me down just like my dad,’ she told in 2000. Guys always cheated on me with women who were European-looking. Really beautiful women that left me thinking, ‘How I can I compete with that?
“To this day when someone says I’m cute, I can’t see it. ’ Being a regular black girl wasn’t good enough.” Kim could simply be joking, but the underlying self-hate is hard to ignore.
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View the full list This week the world saw – via that new, visual means of wildfire gossip-mongering known as “trending on social media” – Lil’ Kim’s new face and hair.
Days later, the best buddies were seen walking around Midtown Manhattan.
ATLANTA, GA - SEPTEMBER 27: Lil Kim, Floyd Mayweather and Adrian Bronner attend the BET Hip Hop Awards 2013 - Welcome to Atlanta Party at Prive on September 27, 2013 in Atlanta, Georgia. /img/http Image/image.jpg_gen/derivatives/landscape_635/article-lil-kim-mayweather-0214.jpg" / Multiple sources tell [email protected] that Mayweather, 36, and Lil’ Kim, aka Kimberly Jones, have been romantically involved although she lives in Alpine, N. “They are the best of friends and have dated,” says a source close to Lil’ Kim.For anyone who doesn’t know Lil Kim, she isn’t a teenage Instagram model – born Kimberley Jones in 1974, she’s one of the most successful female rappers the world has ever seen.And, assuming it matters, she used to be a black woman.But after years of plastic surgery and progressive skin-bleaching, and who only knows what she’s done to her hair, she’s not black any more.Kim, who seems like a genuinely sweet, if vulnerable woman, explained back in 2000 that she’d always been told by men – “even the ones I was dating” – that she wasn’t pretty enough. But I doubt there was a single black person on this earth – male or female – who didn’t look at Lil’ Kim’s new, white face and feel a deep, inscrutable pain.