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Megan Thee Stallion's Minimalistic Harper's Bazaar Cover Driving Fans Into An Online Tizzy

The rap star posed for a series of photos sporting a much different look that's got fans calling the photographer's skills into question.

Rap star Megan Thee Stallion gave Harper's Bazaar an intimate interview for which she discussed the life events that shaped her, the shooting that took a toll on her emotions, her career trajectory and just what it really means to "protect black women."

However, it was the string of photos released on Friday that grabbed the most attention, with some fans celebrating her minimalistic look while others called the images some of the worst professional photography they've ever seen. The tweet replies began almost instantly. 

"ps: Black Photographers were available," one commenter wrote. 

"I never want to see anything like this again," another tweet read. 

"She looks beautiful!" another person wrote. 

"Literally every photo in this spread is trash," someone commented. 

One tweet remarked on the photography of the early 21st century. 

While someone complimented the shoot as something positive for young girls. 

Even the Los Angeles Times hopped in the conversation asking their readers to sound off, which led to more bashing of the photographer's skills. 

"As a professional photographer I have to say that particular photo being used with her chin up is a pretty bad shot and would be considered an outtake for me. Everything else I’ve seen is nice but I know I would never show a shot like that I took to a client," a tweet response read. 

Harper's Bazaar reported that Meg had a hand in her shoot, selecting and editing images. In the article, she candidly discussed how her life has shifted during the coronavirus pandemic and how she's spending more time writing and working on finishing up her degree in health administration at Texas Southern University where she's in her last semester. 

“I feel like I was tested, and I’ve passed," she said in the interview.  

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Leslie D. Rose is a Jersey-born, Xavier-educated veteran journalist, editor, photographer, and poet. She is also a lipstick aficionado, Babyface superfan, loving cat mother, and her whole Blatina self at all times. She is the Copy Editor and Weekend Editor at Blavity News.