Nicki Minaj's fans are concerned, after new pics are released showing The Queen appearing to be Causasian.

In new pics from the MTV EMA Awards 2018 last night in Madrid, Nicki Minaj looked MUCH lighter than she traditionally looks.

In fact, Nicki was so much lighter that rumors of Nicki skin bleaching have been growing on social media.

Skin bleaching is the use of substances, mixtures, or physical treatments to lighten skin color. Sometimes, the terms "lightening", "brightening", "depigmentation" and "bleaching" are also used. Skin whitening treatments work by reducing the skin's melanin content. Many agents have been shown to be effective in skin whitening. 

In recent years, more and more celebrities are using skin lightening products. However, very few publicize their usage of such products. Fellow rapper Azealia Banks went public with her skin brightening regime, even taking to social media to sell bleaching products to her fans.

There used to be a stigma associated with lightening your skin, but that stigma is quickly going away. With Nicki's album failing to hit the number one spot, she's appearing to use other routes to bolster her success. First, teaming up with New York rapper, 6ix9ine, a move heavily criticized by some due to the "Gummo" rapper's sexual misconduct charges. She then landed her very own Queen Radio show on Beats 1, which she uses to attack her rivals, mostly Cardi B.

The "Barbie Dreams" rapper is fast approaching 40, could this new cosmetic procedure be a bid for her to hold on tightly to her youth?

We don't think she needs it. What do you think? Are you feeling the new whiter, brighter Nicki?

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