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Kim Kardashian’s ‘unacceptable’ ‘blackface’ magazine cover blamed on ‘lighting that makes her look darker’

KIM Kardashian was hit with immediate backlash when fans called her latest magazine photo shoot an example of "blackface" - but a source close to the star insists she didn't darken her complexion.

On Thursday, followers slammed Kanye West’s wife for allegedly changing her skin color for 7Hollywood’s Winter 2020 issue, which is now on sale.

The photos in question show the Keeping Up With the Kardashians star, 39, wearing a black sequined Thierry Mugler gown with a plunging neckline, pearl necklace, drop earrings and an old Hollywood hairstyle.

The clothing wasn’t what fans took issue with, but instead they slammed the shade of Kim’s skin in the 7Hollywood shots.

On Twitter, one user wrote: “She looks like a completely different person. This is clearly blackface and that s**t has to stop.”

Another posted: “Is @KimKardashian serious with the blackface?

“For real in 2020 people still think it’s okay to disrespect us like that?

“It doesn’t matter if your husband and your kids are black. You’re still white and you have no right to mock us like that. Clown!”

A third said: “Ma’am that is blackface WHY CANT Y'ALL WHITE PEOPLE STAY WHITE?”

While Kim has yet to respond to the scandal, a source close to the Keeping Up with the Kardashians star has spoken out.

The source told Page Six: “It’s the lighting that makes her look darker in this specific image.

“There are multiple covers and images from this shoot where the lighting looks more natural.

“People are so quick to find the negative in everything and also often forget that she is of Armenian descent.”

Unfortunately for Kim, that answer didn’t succeed in getting anyone to back away from the accusation.

“This is literally blackface but you got money so it should be fine right?”

Another wondered: “Kim why do consistently claim lighting is the reason for your blackface/body pics?

“If that was truly the case u could just adjust the lighting to showcase your true skin color.

“You need to stop insulting us.”

In 2018, Kim was accused of blackface after she shared a photo to Instagram to promote her KKW Beauty Classic Collection.

The year prior, she was hit with similar allegations for photos promoting her Creme Contour and Highlight Kit.

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