Nicki Minaj gets a “makeunder” for on the cover of Elle.
Nicki Minaj was shocked to see herself on Elle’s April 2013 issue. The singer’s makeup and wardrobe were toned down for the shoot.
‘When I saw myself with barely any makeup at, it was such a… like, I’m so, so attached to my pink lipstick, it’s hard. I feel that it’s become a part of me,’ she said.
“To go in front of the camera, without pink lips or big ol’ crazy lashes— you know, nothing— I felt naked. It was scary! So this photo shoot was a real accomplishment in my eyes.”
The 30-year-old Minaj wore a bondage style black leather Tom Ford jacket with nothing underneath. The jacket was zipped down revealing the star’s cleavage.
In one photo, Minaj shows off her famous curves with a woven bustier and matching skirt by Dolce and Gabbana.
The Starships singer normally wears bright colourful outfits, so to see her in a more toned down style is quite refreshing.
In the magazine, the singer opened up about being bullied when she was younger.
“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,’ she told the magazine.”
“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.”
She also offered advise to women on how to gain self-confidence by treating themselves as if they are their own boss.
“Even if you’re doing a nine-to-five job, treat yourself like a boss. Not arrogant, but be sure of what you want— and don’t allow people to run anything for you without your knowledge,’ she said.”
Elle magazine’s April issue will be out on March 26.