We’re certainly no stranger to seeing Nicki Minaj post racy photos on Instagram (who could forget that now infamous neon thong picture?), but what’s more rare is seeing the superstar without makeup.

The former American Idol judge shared numerous photos on Wednesday, March 5, which showed the singer in all of her au naturel glory. Clearly having just stepped out of the shower, the “Masquerade” rapper proudly poses topless with a cosmetic-free face.

In one of the photos, Nicki gives the camera a fierce stare while flaunting just a hint of her cleavage. In another, the 31-year-old songstress shows off her profile and bright, wide smile while covering her breasts with her arm.

Of course, we couldn’t help but wonder who took the saucy photos — and it looks like we weren’t the only ones! Eager fans took to Twitter to ask Nicki about the photographer, which she was all too happy to reveal.

“Sherika [took them],” Nicki replied, referring to one of her best gal pals. “Sherika sat there and let me relax my hair after 4 years.”

When asked why she decided to get the chemical process done to smooth her locks, Nicki replied that her natural hair takes too much time and energy. “Too much blow drying,” she wrote. “I don’t even like waiting to get my nails done! [...] Plus I got new hair products coming out so I gotta show u guys how well they work!”

It wasn’t all that long ago that Nicki posted yet another photo with a peek at her bare boobs. Back in August, the “Super Bass” singer went topless with nothing but her long strands covering her girls.

What do you think about Nicki's controversial photos? Is it empowering or too over-the-top?


Credit: AOL Photo: Nicki Minaj's Nude Shower Selfies Explained (VIDEO)