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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Ann on

Looks 100% better……

Angel on

She looks better but she has one facial expression … guess her photographer didn’t think enough of her to tell her to change it up some.

blair on

She is a natural beauty! She really doesn’t even need make-up!

Anonymous on

So much better. I think she stay this way to bad she won’t.

kat1129 on


Bev on

I’m an older woman . I hate trendy ” stuff” .
But I love this girl – and I think she is beautiful .
She doesn’t hold herself out to be a great songstress –
she admits that she is an entertainer – and she does that
oh so well . And AI has never been better. Love Nicki- love Mariah- love Keith and Randy . Best year ever !

TJ on

I don’t think she realizes just how beautiful she is without all the caked up make-up on – she should go “natural” more often.

Gabrielle on

I’m tired of her wearing platinum blonde hair. Someone needs to go to her and give her a copy of ‘The Willie Lynch Letter’.

I guess I’m just tired of black girls walking around with blue contacts and blonde hair….

You don’t have to look the same all the time, but be true to yourself and show your natural beauty… blonde hair and blue eyes aren’t natural so they don’t enhance you they just make you look like a joke…

mrs. potato head on

Everytime I see her, she reminds me of Mrs. Potato Head from the Toy Story movie! LOL!!!

KAR on

She looks so much better without all the makeup. I love the natural look!

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