Yes, yes, and yes. I love a good makeunder and the folks over at Elle Magazine had the right idea with their April cover subject. Nicki Minaj (lensed by Thomas Whiteside and styled by Joe Zee) looks, IMO, her absolute best in this new spread. The pink lipstick is DUNZO as the magazine went for a minimalistic look with the pop star. Nicki also opened up to the fashion magazine about coming to America as an immigrant, dealing with bullying, and being a boss among men. Click inside for more!
Nicki Minaj for Elle Magazine:
E! has a few excerpts:
“My advice to women in general: Even if you’re doing a nine-to-five job, treat yourself like a boss,” the Pink Friday star said. “Not arrogant, but be sure of what you want—and don’t allow people to run anything for you without your knowledge.”
She continued, sharing her secret to success in a male-dominated music industry, “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.”
Minaj also revealed she was bullied as a child and explained how the constant criticism caused her to mask her sensitivity with a tough attitude at a very early age:
“I went through a lot of bullying early on,” the 30-year-old songstress confessed. “Girls made my life a living hell. We had come to America from a different country. My brother and I had accents. It was very tough. So I’ve always put up this wall—it was a self-defense mechanism growing up—because I was almost expecting people to attack me. And I still have it. It’s sad.”
But Nicki is slowly letting her guard down, appearing on a hit reality show and constantly connecting with her passionate fans even though she admits the photo shoot was an intimidating feat without her “pink lipstick” and “big ol’ crazy lashes.”
“I felt naked. It was scary! So this photo shoot was a real accomplishment in my eyes.”
And finally, the international superstar, who not only has countless hits but also boasts a bevy of successful business endeavors, shared her plans for world domination.
“My goal in the beginning was to buy my mother a house,” she said. “Now I realize, Okay, if I really focus and become a key player in business, then I can build an empire. I’m thinking of a legacy that I can be proud of and wealth that my grandchildren can use to go to college. So world domination—in terms of providing for my family—is absolutely my goal.”
I’ve barely been keeping up with Nicki lately, so other than her work on American Idol I don’t really know what she’s been up to. But. I love this shoot. And I hope other magazines might take a similar approach when working with her, and that she might also try this look out from time to time.
What do you guys think of the spread? You likey?