Nicki Minaj Calls Out ESPN Magazine for Retouched Cover

Kobe Bryant and Nicki Minaj

She may be smiling on the cover, but Nicki Minaj is not happy with ESPN The Magazine. The hip-hop superstar has called out the sports publication for retouching her photo.

Nicki shares the cover of ESPN‘s Music Issue with Lakers star Kobe Bryant, but the cover photo was altered, according to Nicki.

She posted the image on Instagram, writing, “When retouching goes wrong.”

To prove her point, she followed it up by sharing some behind-the-scenes pics from the shoot.

“I love my personal unretouched photos where my forehead doesn’t mysteriously grow in length,” said Nicki.

While she may not like the cover, she was excited to share the spotlight with Kobe. “So honored to be a part of this with Kobe. Had a blast,” she added.

In his interview, Kobe praised the Young Money signee. “I’ve obviously admired her work from afar, as we all have. My whole family, we’re all big Nicki fans,” said Kobe. “I just think it’s fascinating the way she’s been able to create this entire world around what Nicki Minaj is and what she represents for not just women, but kids as a whole.”

The issue, which hits newsstands Friday, also features cover stars Eminem and Kendrick Lamar.

UPDATE: ESPN editor-in-chief Chad Millman has denied Nicki’s claim that the magazine elongated her forehead on the cover.

In a statement to toofab, Millman said, “While we occasionally make minor visual and cosmetic adjustments to cover images, we do not significantly change a person’s unique physical characteristics.”

“The folks on our covers are too proud of their bodies to stand for that,” he continued. “The forehead Ms. Minaj walked in with is the one on the cover and we’re thrilled she participated.”

Kobe Bryant and Nicki Minaj

Kobe Bryant and Nicki Minaj

Kobe Bryant and Nicki Minaj

Kobe Bryant and Nicki Minaj



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85 Comments

  1. Winston Churchill

    Complaining about editing her appearance? The irony.

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    Minaj so DOPE Reply:

    @Winston Churchill, When will u hater stop throwin shade, i bet never. why post a comment if u cant stand a person more like a celebrity

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    Humz Reply:

    @Minaj so DOPE, Any person with decent vision can see that she wears wigs and a ton of make up. That’s not called being a hater, it’s called being observant.

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    Bougie Kid Reply:

    @Humz, Last I checked we all were referring to the altered appearance for the cover of the magazine.

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    NICKI MINAJ Reply:

    @Winston Churchill, The only thing surgically edited on her body is her buttocks.

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    Mandela Barb Reply:

    @Winston Churchill, Nicki is asserting her refusal to be trifled with. More power to her. This would be different if she was an up comer, but she’s not. Disrespect will not be tolerated when directed toward Ms. Minaj or any of her endeavors. This sounds like there are levels to the issue. Perhaps Nicki expressed disinterest in an editing decision, but the editors decided to move forward in spite of this? Bottom line, you don’t know the full story and you most likely won’t. Stick to the things that most aptly suit your cognitive limitations. Consider a career in: the fast food industry, Walmart, etc. But don’t come for Nicki, hoe. We good on this side.

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    Winnie Ken Reply:

    @Mandela Barb, ouch!

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    Not Brainwashed Reply:

    @Mandela Barb, Psycho, stay delusional; at least you’re consistent. How much does she pay you now? Just because you jerk off to her pics and vids doesn’t mean you have a REAL connection.

    Winston, excellent point.

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    Andy Reply:

    @Not Brainwashed, Bipolar much? You congratulate someone who waste time hating her and bash someone who defend her?

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    Mandela Barb Reply:

    @Andy, Thank you, Andy.

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    Mandela Barb Reply:

    @Not Brainwashed, Never delusional bitch. What, are you mad that I can effectively vouch for mine, bringing to light both creative and reasonably developed arguments as opposed to the platitudes that the opposition continues to lazily fling. #collegeeducation
    Winston did not have a good point. Winston didn’t even completely articulate his point (lazy), Winston’s point is underdeveloped and superficial, because, since Winston did not develop his point, one can safely retaliate by saying: The alteration of one’s appearance is universally conducted (I.e. Instagram filters, makeup, wearing clothes that flaunt assets and hide flaws, etc.).
    And just because these posts are long, it doesn’t mean that I have to spend a lot of time on them. I can do do this shit in five seconds. Try me again hoe.

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    Winnie Ken Reply:

    @Not Brainwashed, We do this shit because we want to, not because we have to! Holding shit down for this third album, no payment needed. teamminaj

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    Oh Reply:

    @Winston Churchill, What her ugly ass complaining for? They just tryna make her ugly ostrich looking ass look better

    and she STILL UGLY AF even with photoshop

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    JD Reply:

    @Winston Churchill, Lmao that was funny.

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    HOVnika Reply:

    @Winston Churchill, there’s a difference between her personal life and what’s been done to the picture itself, it’s clear that they have retouched it, it’s clear as day the picture was retouched her forehead is alot longer than her own personal selfies and images she released for BTS.

    Because you’re bitter and shallow about your own personal appearance I don’t understand how you can see fit to find irony with a woman who’s talking about retouches, not about the whole structure of her face, sit down and have an ice pop.

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    Mandela Barb Reply:

    @HOVnika, Love your name and avi, bitch.
    I still like this cover, but the fact that Nicki is unhappy with it fills me with excitement. Hopefully she’ll be this critical when picking her next album cover (both in concept and in picture). Perfection is the only thing TeamMinaj fucking with this year.

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  2. D. kells

    KB24

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  3. Old G

    Black mamba all day. Lakeshow what it do?

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    Wow Reply:

    @Old G, clearly not a damned thing since they’ve only won 16 games and lost a whopping 27. What is really going on???

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  4. Duhhhh

    I don’t see much difference, the pic on the cover makes her forehead look bigger cuz of the angle the pic was taken. Photography 101

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    Andy Reply:

    @Duhhhh, that is just no true. Sure her head will look bigger without makeup in the eyebrowns but not as big as this picture. She has shoots like this for other magazines and her forehead doesn’t look like this one.

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  5. 55

    mad over a forehead?

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  6. BEDSTUYFLY

    GIRL, JUST TAKE THE COVER AND BE GRATEFUL.

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    opd2 Reply:

    @BEDSTUYFLY,yah i wouldn’t expect anything else from you, turn the other cheek right.

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    NICKI MINAJ Reply:

    @opd2, LMFAOOOO

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    Jonathan Reply:

    @BEDSTUYFLY, The irony of being “grateful” coming from a Kim stan.

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  7. Candy

    The cover is obviously horribly edited which is on the photographer but when your a celebrity you get critic. We’ve seen many Magazine covers of Nicki some cute, some weird, some sexy, some fierce & now poorly photoshopped.

    But it’s all still promotion – name another female rapper on magazine cover right now other than Nicki..

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    Raven-Symone Reply:

    @Candy, Iggy and Azealia…

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    Candy Reply:

    @Raven-Symone, name it? Where is it at? By whom?

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  8. NICKI MINAJ

    Certain fans wish their fav could show their face on a magazine cover.

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  9. Andy

    The two up there look a lot better than the one of the cover. I’m happy she spoke. She honestly doesn’t look any attractive or sensual.

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  10. NICKI MINAJ

    I’m glad she spoke up because her fans didn’t like the cover either. We were like she posted pics of the “secret mission” 2 weeks ago and she looked great then we saw the cover and was like “O”. If something’s not broke don’t fix it.

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    Raven-Symone Reply:

    @NICKI MINAJ, she only spoke up because she was getting crap for the cover.. If everyone liked the cover I doubt she would have said anything. Nicki is a sheep so she will go with the flow. Her forehead looked just as long on the “unretouched” too.

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    NICKI MINAJ Reply:

    @Raven-Symone, Bitch duh, I clearly said “Her fans didn’t like the cover”. Did I or did I not?

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    Oh Reply:

    @NICKI MINAJ, Nope. That’s what her ugly LOOKS like the camera don’t lie, they retouched it because she obviously was ugly

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    Jonathan Reply:

    @Oh, You, yeah you the “Oh” account, is this what you’re going to do on EVERY Nicki Minaj post? All you do is come on EVERY post of hers and call her “Wack”, “A Corny Broad”, “Weak”, “Ugly”,etc… Like seriously guy or girl or whatever you are, put your twitter and instagram account out and let’s see how beautiful and well off you are b/c “pretty” and “wealthy” people DON’T have the time and energy to put this much effort into a “corny broad”. Lmao

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    Huxley Reply:

    @Jonathan, PREACH!!!

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    opd2 Reply:

    @Jonathan,Lol.

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    EveRyder Reply:

    @Jonathan, but “oh” didn’t lie tho that hoe is ugly as hell. Lol…..

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    Jonathan Reply:

    @EveRyder, This blantantly biased statement coming from 8k, Queen of 1mile long forehead Eve. Nicki Minaj and Ee ARE NOT in the same category of beauty. So you’re not even worth arguing with.

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    EveRyder Reply:

    @Jonathan, yet u still took the time to respond to me. Nicki look like Mr. Ed with them big ole teeth and gums. Atleast Eve is all real and she loved herself enough to not get plastic injected into her…..natural beauty something nicki will never be. I see y’all still throwing that late 2013 shade. Yeah Eve sold 8k first week not her overall sales tho. Where nicki’s grammy?… oh I forgot she ain’t about that grammy life. Haha

  11. sd

    you mean like how you retouched your butt and your complexion? oh

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  12. sd

    …and nose

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    opd2 Reply:

    @sd, go away you f-cking roach.

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    Beej Reply:

    @opd2, you mad bro?

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    DenzelInDistress Reply:

    @sd, Don’t forget she stole Ms. Blancos’s whole barbie image and tried to run w/ it like she was

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    Ashton Reply:

    @DenzelInDistress, God you are so fucking reductive. Kim did the barbie thing for one song right? Nicki did it in a way that challenged normal standards, and she actually capitalized upon it. Sorry, Kim may be good with her pussy talk, but she is dumber than a box of rocks. Nicki is so fucking smart.

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    DenzelInDistress Reply:

    @Ashton, if she’s so smart why can’t she get herself a grammy? Macklemore did, and he’s waaay fresher than Nicki’s pussy. (SNAP) I guess she is smart but only to an extent if she has ya’ll fooled into thinking she really is a rapper when its proven her music is nothing but KIDZBOPZ being masqueraded as hip hop when its really just pop. Yea, she’s smart alright. It fooled you….

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  13. credits

    I think she is really upset because it is not retouched…her face looks tired on the cover…or is it just me??

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  14. Ashton

    She had butt implants, and maybe boob (if she did, it was VERY early on, because she’s always had big tits, as long as i’ve seen). But her face has always been the same. She uses contouring, which is using darker makeup on the sides of the nose to make it look thinner. Beyonce countours, so does Kim Kardashian. A lot of famous women do, but she hasn’t had face surgery.

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    Candy Reply:

    @Ashton, I think there probably injections & her breast have probably been lifted or had no work at all, because she’s anyways had boobs.

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    Ashton Reply:

    @Candy, yeah, that’s what i’m saying. I think her boobs are natural, it’s just her butt. People need to get over implants and stuff. Like, if you aren’t happy with yourself, and can fix it, then do it. It’s not a big deal. It doesn’t make her PERSONALITY any different. She is just more comfortable with herself.

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  15. DenzelInDistress

    “What she represents not just for women, but for kids as a whole…” Her last name is Minaj ala Menage a Tois meaning threesome/way. She used it as a metaphor to gain attention as a bisexual up and coming rapper but yet when called out on it, Nicki admitted she lied about it. As for her rap career. She started out strong with mixtapes, but now she’s catering to a kid audience? When did that happen? She shouldn’t even be classified as a rapper then if she’s making pop songs that she constantly stutters on like Starships, SuperbAss,Vavavoom,High School etc. All for the kids to bob their heads to! She’s a fraud for that alone to hip hop. I honestly don’t care about her networth, either. If she’s just a gimmick for kids, then she should be classifying herself as a pop starlett! At least be honest with yourself, Nicki Minaj.

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    Andy Reply:

    @DenzelInDistress, Because a song that says “higher than a motherfcker”, “the panties comin’ off”, “I know he got a wife at home / But I need just one night alone” and “I let him play with my pussy” and have her in little clothes in the videos are totally targeted for kids… IMBECILE. And she’s a fcking rapper piece of utter sh!t. You can’t come and dictate who’s and who isn’t a rapper. She rapped in all her “kid songs” and she’ll do to the fcking end. Last year she proved she is, and always was and will, loyal to hip hop. Tapout, I’m Out, Get Like Me, Clappers, Love More, Dope Dealer, Boss A.s B.tch are fking hip hop idiot. Go and disappear from life, you minuscule annoyance on Earth!

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    asy Reply:

    @Andy, hahaha holy shit that was hilarious

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    ,. Reply:

    @Andy,lol damn right.

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    DenzelInDistress Reply:

    @Andy, Why don’t you go ahead and finish the whole damn lyrics in writing. I’ll wait…But you already know she’s not a lyricist, or hip hop, in any way because once you take time to put into words what’s she’s trying convey, none of it makes a lick of sense. It’s the same shit she’s always done. She picks a word. Gets caught up on it by repeating said word until she can find the next word to hang onto. Its lazy rap, or should I say writing because you can’t find meaning in any of Nicki’s stuff. It’s prepackaged Backyardigan, creepy pedophile stuff, especially in light of fact that she knows she caters to kids! She doesn’t make nothing aimed towards adults, her best bet are kids. Adults do not take her image serious, the kids do! Because like all perverts, she knows they won’t listen to anyone but her & her explicit nursery rhymes to the fullest. So have fun standing up for her and all her shenanigans once that’s realized by everybody….

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  16. NICKI MINAJ

    But YASSS haters let’s get her at another slot in the top 4 most read stories. This week was clearly Nicki week.

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  17. Deon

    Head, Head, and Mo’Head! Go Head Go Head! Head Detective reporting for duty!! #Lmao #LOLOL I’m done now! I can breathe again!

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  18. kate

    she is white. stop bleaching skin stupid woman

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    opd2 Reply:

    @kate,how can someone bleach there skin in 1 hour,look you dummy.

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  19. MsAtomicBomb

    Wow, guess her insecurities are catching up to her…

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  20. Ashton

    She is black. She has ALWAYS had light skin. Now she is a celebrity. I’m sure before she was famous she was dark just because of skin exposure. Now she’s inside more, and have you ever thought of lighting? The strength of the flash, and filters and other things put of the photos make it different colors. Do you think Nicki, running the rap game without trying, is that worried about her skin being lighter. Get out of here haters. They say that about everyone. Beyonce, Rihanna, Nicki, anyone that is black at all. #whocares

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  21. old format

    I guess Kobe feels like blonde, straight hair is something a Black woman should aspire to have. So sad, and so disappointing.

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  22. Lol@haters

    Glad Kobe acknowledged her fan bases is kids

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  23. MRB

    She needs to have a seat! Aint nothing wrong with this damn cover! She just needs something to complain about!

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  24. Ashton

    Wow you people honestly suck. She’s said many times before, she’s not catering to a kid audience. She said in an interview (Maybe Ellen), “i’m not going to stop cussing because I have fans that are children. Their parents can control what they do.” Which is exactly how it should be. And people complaining about her not doing rap. She merged rap and pop on Pink Friday and was successful. Super Bass talks about men doing drugs and all the normal things rap songs talk about, it just has a pop beat and she sings. Big fucking deal. And she did full on pop on her second album to get GLOBAL recognition (something not many female rappers have had). Now, she is about to do an all rap album. She’s done with pop, she has returned to the rap game (not that she ever left). Do people not realize she had half rap and half pop on Roman Reloaded? AND she was rapping in every song except for four of the pop ones. So it’s not like she has completely stopped rapping.

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  25. ♪►Muzzac◄♪

    Seriously why would they touch it? Her forehead grew like 3 damn inches! They should of just used the untouched pictures wtf!? Nicki is already flawless why would you edit her?! Idiots!!!

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  26. RihannaNavy

    Either way she’s UGLY as hell. That nose, that ugly face & that awful music! LMFAO

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    thatBITCH. Reply:

    @RihannaNavy, sister please..

    if only we could dissect how much imput Rihanna puts into her own music and that nose she has that’s shaped like an anchor that is currently sinking you and the navy’s iQ points.

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    ,. Reply:

    @RihannaNavy,if that pic was Riri and she claim the pic was retouch i wouldn’t have believe her, because everyone knows that 4head don’t need no retouch because it is already retouch.

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  27. HOVnika

    compared to her BTS and selfies, you can tell.

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  28. CallMeDollar

    She just wanted the media to talk about something since they ain’t talkin about her music

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    Ashton Reply:

    @CallMeDollar, funny because she hasn’t put out music since November of 2012…there’s really nothing to talk about.

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    Ashton Reply:

    @CallMeDollar, AND ACTUALLY, everyone (websites,magazines) all praised her Boss Ass Bitch Remix and her My Nigga verse, so go eat a dick. The general public isn’t going to talk about a song called Boss Ass Bitch or My Nigga, SO…all the buzz she got for both songs is actually really impressive.

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    CallMeDollar Reply:

    @Ashton, funny how y’all quick to post in this but can’t even buy the bitch album

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    Ashton Reply:

    @CallMeDollar, her first album went platinum in a month. Her second one was certified platinum in two or three.

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  29. factsxstated

    really? come on they clearly messed with her face on the cover. How come the photos inside the magazine and the photos from behind the scenes on her Instagram she looks amazing but on the cover she looks weird? Just man up and say “you made a mistake.”

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  30. Still I Rise!

    EVERYTHING ON NICKI’S BODY IS REAL!!! SHE TRANSFERED HER OWN BODY FAT TO HER BUTTOCKS SO IT NOT FAKE!!!

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  31. GirlsBeLikeImissDwoods

    AZEALIA BANKS IS BETTER THAN NICKI MINAJ

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    Ashton Reply:

    @GirlsBeLikeImissDwoods, Azealia-every-song-sounds-the-same-Banks? Are you sure we’re talking about the same woman? Because I mean, from everything I’ve seen…Nicki is 10x more successful than Azealia.

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    Andy Reply:

    @Ashton, who is Azealia tho?

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  32. whitechocolate

    she thinks she lived out here now, but she is from NEW YAK. where’s RAY at?

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  33. Ready 4 Da Unsorry Yolas

    Maybe she didn’t like the cover how the way it Turn out to be

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  34. johnny

    ugly as fuck

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