Exclusive First Look at Nicki Minaj's Dramatic Makeunder for 'Elle'

03/14/2013 at 09:00 AM ET

Nicki Minaj Elle makeunderCourtesy ELLE

You may think you’ve seen Nicki Minaj in every possible look under the sun — but we bet you’ve never seen her like this before.

In the April issue of Elle, the American Idol judge gets a major makeunder, appearing in little more than winged eyeliner and a nude pout.

“To go in front of the camera, without pink lips or big ol’ crazy lashes — you know, nothing — I felt naked,” Minaj says of the shoot. “It was scary!”

Though she’s been spotted out in more subdued looks lately, she still found it tough to give up one thing in particular. “I’m so, so attached to my pink lipstick, it’s hard” to go without, she tells Elle.

Click to see another dramatic shot from Minaj’s Elle cover story, and read more about her experiences with bullying, her plans for world domination and her tips for women on how to “treat yourself like a boss” at Elle‘s website and in the April issue, on stands March 26.

Nicki Minaj Elle makeunderCourtesy ELLE

Tell us: What do you think of a made-under Minaj?

–Alex Apatoff


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Haley on

She looks better!! Natural is always better!

Mel on

She’s so much more attractive without all the paint and the bouffant hair!!!!

tj on

she’s lovely without all that clown get up. my gosh, why would she paint over all that????

no one really takes her seriously as a singer or performer with all that sheet going on. she is a joke to me and has zero validity.

teluproductions on

When I think of Nicki Minaj, I think versatility! I think resilience. The entertainment industry is a tough business to be in today. If you have talent, it has got to be on point and highly saturated with versatility and resilience!!

JB on

God woman, you look so much better without all that rainbow getup. Please just stay like that for a while.

Happyupriver on

WOW! She is actually lovely.

Natalia DaLomba on

So much better going natural… now if we can only see her black hair too then it’s old Nicki! lol :) Getting there~

Jaimee on

she is a pretty girl, she doesnt need to ‘do all that’ but i guess thats just her. but its a ‘costume’ . shes paid to entertain, and thats what she does. i like her on idol, i think shes funny. shes not out to hurt anyone.

Sammi on

I love it, and I love her.

Mr.Z on

I will not miss the “rainbow sherbet” look one bit..

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