We’ve seen what can unfold when bad magazine covers happen to beautiful people. But rarely do we get reactions from the stars themselves, whose bodies have been altered and airbrushed to unattainable perfection by strangers. Current cover girl Nicki Minaj took to her Instagram account on Thursday to call out ESPN magazine for retouching her image featured alongside Los Angeles Lakers star Kobe Bryant for the magazine’s music issue. Her take? “When retouching goes wrong.”
“I love my personal unretouched photos where my forehead doesn’t mysteriously grow in length,” Nicki wrote along with supportive emojis to unite all those who have also fallen victim to the unapologetic actions of a major media outlet’s design team. Considering Nicki knows her forehead better than anyone, we’ll allow her to have a preference for cover images and shake our fists angrily at those who dare threaten the Minajesty. But we still can’t get into this red monstrosity from the 2012 Grammy Awards. (Sorry, girl.) Nicki also uploaded some additional shots from the shoot, including a look at Kobe in the makeup chair. Consider this a huge find for any Laker haters in need of more ammunition for trash talk.
Nicki may not have liked being at the mercy of the magazine, which is why she should continue to be ever so thankful for Instagram, and the power to post incredibly sexy selfies whenever she likes. Check out some of her most tantalizing ‘grams in the gallery below.
[Photo Credit: @nickiminaj]