Nicki Minaj Cries Foul Over Retouched ‘ESPN The Magazine’ Cover

By Shannon Carlin

Nicki Minaj has never been one to hide her body so when ESPN The Magazine decided to go a little crazy with the Photoshop for their latest cover, she decided to give them a piece of her mind.

Yesterday (Jan. 23), Minaj took to Instagram to express her feelings over her recent cover for the magazine’s upcoming music issue, which features a smiling Minaj sitting alongside Kobe Bryant.

In a post with a photo of the cover, she wrote, “When retouching goes wrong.”

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Minaj than posted other behind the scenes photos of the shoot, including one pic of her and Kobe, in which she writes, “I love my personal unretouched photos where my forehead doesn’t mysteriously grow in length.”

ESPN has yet to comment on Minaj’s claims.

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Minaj isn’t the first person to express anger over a publication overly airbrushing their photos of female stars. Most recently, Jezebel called out Vogue for the retouching they did on Girls star Lena Dunham, which included making her hips narrower, sharpening her jawline and removing one of the funny lady’s laugh lines.

Last year, critics expressed outrage over the slim down of Beyoncé in sketches by Roberto Cavalli for her Mrs. Carter Tour and in photos for H+M’s summer 2013 campaign.

The magazine’s music issue, which also features two additional covers with Eminem and Lions wide receiver Calvin Johnson, and then Kendrick Lamar with L.A. Clippers star Chris Paul, hits stands today (Jan. 24).


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