Nicki Minaj On the Cover of Elle Magazine, April 2013
Nicki Minaj has become famous almost as much for her over-the-top style as she has for her Billboard topping hits. Frequently sporting outlandish costumes, bright pink lipstick, and sky-high wigs, the 30-year-old American Idol judge chose to show her fans a more natural look in the April issue of Elle magazine.
On her dramatic make-under for the mag, Nicki says it wasn’t easy to ditch her trademark style. “When I saw myself with barely any makeup at all, [...] 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 photoshoot was a real accomplishment in my eyes."
Click through our gallery to see more of Nicki without her costumes, lipstick, and wigs, then pick up your copy of Elle — on newsstands now — to read the full interview!