PHOTOS: Nicki Minaj Gets A Major Makeunder For Elle’s April Cover
Nicki, is that you?! The perennially wigged-out, neon-lipped, falsies-sporting rapper covers the April issue of Elle, and the glossy convinced her to ditch the day-glo in favor of a way more natural look.
The American Idol diva tells writer James Patrick Herman that the makeunder was a big adjustment after years of sporting Barbie-style beauty in front of the lens — including one particularly memorable Smurf-like turn in Vogue:
“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.”
And this is a woman who knows plenty about accomplishments. In fact, we think her career advice sounds, well, pretty boss:
“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.”
Check out the Joe Zee-styled spread below, and pick up Nicki’s issue on newsstands March 18: