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Lil' Kim

Is A Creepy Skull Thief

...Says Makeup Artist

11/12/2013 11:30 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

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Lil' Kim
is a ghoulish thief who ripped off a creepy pic of a decaying skull ... and is now claiming it as her own ... so says the professional makeup artist who took the pic and is demanding $$$.

Samantha Ravndahl tells TMZ ... she's not only the artist ... she's also the girl in the picture -- which shows a green-faced woman with rotting flesh and exposed parts of her skull.

Ravndahl says she posted the macabre selfie online ... and soon discovered that Lil' Kim was using the very same image on her own social media sites.

Ravndahl tells us ... she contacted Lil' Kim's people asking for payment and got the runaround -- first she was told Kim wasn't willing to pay anything ... and when Ravndahl persisted ... was told that Kim's team "works slowly."

All the while ... Ravndahl says Kim continued to re-post the image on various sites ... even using it as the artwork for her single, "Dead Girl Walking" ... and had the audacity to add a copyright logo.

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Ravndahl hasn't filed a lawsuit ... yet .. but she's considering it.  She's still hoping to get some kind of financial settlement.

We've reached out to Lil' Kim's people ... but haven't heard back yet ... because they work slowly.

48 COMMENTS

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1.

Pudding Tang    

Says a lot of Lil' Kim and company's creativity process, or lack thereof.

261 days ago
2.

Quiet    

lil kim was always a fake azz bitch

261 days ago
3.

Kelly    

This is easy - L'il Kim must PAY UP. The gall of putting a copyright notice on someone else's selfie and using it for commercial purposes!

261 days ago
4.

helen    

Tmz investigative 'scoops' taken from Reddit.... http://www.reddit.com/r/legaladvice/comments/1qf9tj/lil_kim_took_my_photo_and_is_using_it_as_album/

260 days ago
5.

angel    

She can't sue because Lil' Kim isn't making money off of that...

260 days ago
6.

Truth44    

She looks 100% times better!! LOL NOT!!

260 days ago
7.

Patti    

and while you consult a lawyer to sue, Lil Kim should be doing the same thing....her plastic surgeons should be thrown into the slammer....that girl looks gawd awful now.....such a shame...she was a pretty one....until jail changed her....

260 days ago
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Mumra the Ever Living    

The only thing that I find more amazing than the fact that Biggie Smalls didn't crush his "protege" during sex is the fact that there are actually people out there brain dead enough to buy her "music".

260 days ago
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Mumra the Ever Living    

What's amazing is that lil Kim sent that same photo to her butcher . . errrrr plastic surgeon and wants him to do her face so she looks just like the skull.
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260 days ago
10.

Dead account Delete at will    

Just like rap music. Steal whats good and use it for yourself and try to give no credit and take all the credit for themselves. And its always the "artists" that cant create anything themselves.

260 days ago
11.

laffnbear    

Even female(?) "rappers" are not above theft of someone else's artistic expression.

260 days ago
12.

Naomi    

Lil Kim is one pathetic loser!

260 days ago
13.

Ruth Nery    

I love this! That woman talented. Please pay her.

260 days ago
14.

Vote2012    

I think this new face is much better then her old face

260 days ago
15.

Marie    

I've seen much of this makeup artists work. She is incredible. Kick rocks lil Kim. You irrelevant baby cow.

260 days ago
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