Hip hop queen Nicki Minaj is sporting a seriously dramatic makeunder for the cover of Elle’s April 2013 issue. The superstar and new American Idol judge recently got rid of her stylist and I love what we’re seeing so far! Instead of her usual over-the-top bold prints, heavy makeup and crazy wigs, we get a sneak peek at Nicki’s true beauty in the magazine. Doesn’t she look gorgeous? Find out how Nicki felt about the makeover below.
On her more natural look for the cover: When I saw myself with barely any makeup at, it was such a… like, I’m so, so attached to my pink lipstick, it’s hard. I feel that it’s become a part of me. To go in front of the camera, without pink lips or big ol’ crazy lashes— you know, nothing— I felt naked. It was scary! So this photo shoot was a real accomplishment in my eyes.
On how to gain respect: My advice to women in general: Even if you’re doing a nine-to-five job, treat yourself like a boss. Not arrogant, but be sure of what you want— and don’t allow people to run anything for you without your knowledge. You want everyone to know, Okay, I can’t play games with her. I have to do right by this woman. That’s what it’s all about.
Which look do you like best on Nicki Minaj? I hope she wears more looks like her Elle cover in the future!