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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dangerousdebbie on

I think she looks absolutely beautiful without all the clown mess. Why would you want to look like a clown when you have natural beauty anyway. Love the Elle look Nicki.

mEVIL on

WOW,There is actually someone under there.

anonymous on

Seriously, who decides when to use the descriptive “beautiful” when describing low life scum suckers. I think Peoples has lost the dictionary.

casey anthony
jodi arias
niki minaj

Please… you could put the same amount of makeup on a horse and call it beautiful. Open your eyes for heaven sake!

aly on

Thank the Lord…Maybe the new Pope Francis has brought the minimalist out in all of us.

Ana on

It funny how no one criticizes Lady Gaga for her “clown getup” and considers her to be a fashion icon, yet Nicki Minaj isn’t?? I don’t understand the double standard, but I think despite how they choose to dress, these are both fabulous women who are innovative and amazing.

BluSky on

The is raw at it’s most beautiful. Natural beauty says so much more. The person within.

Aspen on

Like this way better than the ‘doll’ look

Jeff Stewart on

She looks like a sheman/tranny
Just my opinion

Peggy Smith on

I like Nicki with or without make up. I like the fact that she speaks her mind on American Idol and doesn’t sugar coat everything, or try to be PC all the time (like Keith and Mariah).

anais on

she looks gorgeous.. but I guess her stage face “saves” her from being recognized in public with her natural look. smart I say! she is famous and manages to maintain a normal life in that prospective.

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