UPDATE: ESPN's Editor in Chief, Chad Millman, responded, telling E! News in a statement, "While we occasionally make minor visual and cosmetic adjustments to cover images, we do not significantly change a person's unique physical characteristics. The folks on our covers are too proud of their bodies to stand for that. The forehead Ms. Minaj walked in with is the one on the cover and we're thrilled she participated."
Earlier today, the 31-year-old blond beauty took to her Instagram to share a photo of the cover, writing, "When retouching goes wrong."
Minaj then followed up by posted several before-retouching shots from the set of the recent photo shoot. She captioned one, "I love my personal unretouched photos where my forehead doesn't mysteriously grow in length."
Though it's hard to tell if and what ESPN retouched for the final cover image, one thing is for sure: Minaj looks gorgeous while posing next to Bryant in a very high-fashion ensemble.
The former American Idol judge also posted some behind-the-scenes photos from the magazine shoot. In one, she looks over some images on a computer screen and in another, she checks out her photo shoot outfit with a stylist.
In a final photo, Minaj and Bryant flash smiles while sitting in their hair and makeup chairs. "So honored to be a part of this with Kobe. Had a blast," she wrote with the candid shot.