Nicki Minaj Blasts ESPN Magzine For ‘Retouching’ Cover With Kobe Bryant

Nicki Minaj has become the latest star to fall victim to the dreaded photoshop with the ‘Starships’ rapper slamming ESPN magazine for “retouching” her cover shoot which she features on alongside Kobe Bryant.

The 31-year-old shared a photo of the dazzling cover of the sports magazine’s current Music Issue and rather than leave fans wondering what looks noticeably different about her face, Nicki wasted no time in boldly highlighting that she had been photoshopped for the shoot but clearly, not to her standards. Alongside the cover, Nicki simply wrote: “When retouching goes wrong.”

 Nicki Minaj and Kobe Bryant on the cover of ESPN Magazine’s Music Issue (Nicki Minaj Instagram)

The ‘Super Bass’ hitmaker then went on to share several photos from behind the scenes of the shoot most of which appear to resemble the normal Nicki without any major adjustments, mainly because they’re snaps taken by her own crew.

Making a dig at the publication, Nicki added: “I love my personal unretouched photos where my forehead doesn’t mysteriously grow in length.”

Nicki also took some of her own non-airbrushed snaps (Nicki Minaj Instagram)

The photo shoot sees Nicki team up with LA Lakers legend Kobe Bryant and judging by the behind the scenes shots, the pair got on famously well while looking through the snaps they had taken throughout the day and the basketball star even hanging out with the Young Money princess in her dressing room.


The pair got on well during the shoot and Kobe admitted to being a huge fan of Nicki’s (Nicki Minaj Instagram)

Alongside one photo of the pair laughing away, Nicki joked: “There’s gotta be a basketball metaphor that works for this pic… *thinks*.” She added: “So honored to be a part of this with Kobe. Had a blast.”

The feeling is mutual as Kobe, 35, says in the accompanying interview: “I’ve obviously admired her work from afar, as we all have. My whole family, we’re all big Nicki fans. 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.”