Credit: Elle Photo: Nicki Minaj on Elle's April 2013 Issue

Nicki Minaj is renowned not just for her catchy music but also for her audacious style: It’s unusual to see the Trinidadian singer without huge eyelashes, neon-colored makeup, and outrageous outfits. But Elle magazine has a notable exception — the “Starships” hitmaker appears on the cover of Elle’s April 2013 edition.

“I’m so, so attached to my pink lipstick, it's hard,” Nicki tells the magazine. “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 photoshoot was a real accomplishment in my eyes.”

MTV reports that Nicki was styled by Joe Zee and photographed by Thomas Whiteside for the shoot, and she appears in a strappy Tom Ford leather jacket and American Apparel leggings for the cover photo.

As this Elle spread proves, there really is elegance in simplicity!

Source: MTV