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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librababe on

She’s always been pretty. I knew what the cray cray makeup was hiding. And she looked even better with her natural dark hair.

Curl on

She’s NUTS

Guest on

So much better, maybe if she looked like this more, people would take her more seriously…. Her old make-up looks like a clown or a gimmick, and who takes clowns seriously?

MJ on

Ditch the blonde hair..

margo on

Nikki looks beautiful…she should show her beautiful natural self more often.

again...shut up. on

These photos are about as natural as she can ever hope to be, considering the fact that most of her is man made. Her boobs, unnatural. Her lips, unnatural. Her hair, unnatural. Her ridiculous bottom, unnatural. How can she preach about being true to yourself, when she has done such a good job of hiding any evidence of her natural self? I don’t get it, and thus will continue to not be a fan.

SuzyQ on

Although I am a huge fan of makeup, I think she looks GREAT.

Becky on

WOW. This is how she needs to look. She’s beautiful in these pictures.

joy on

wish u all the success in music baby.hard working black gal.

Laurie on

I have watched AI faithfully. I will not watch it this season. I think they made the biggest mistake hiring N.M. as a judge. After what she did last night was unbelievable. Stuck in traffic my bootie. For what she’s getting paid she should have been there in plenty of time. Looking the way she did. She should be ashamed of herself. Thank goodness the Voice starts soon !!! That’s what I’ll be watching.

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