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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

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mea on

she looks real. about time. now, if she could dump the dial tone look….

Mariam Nakalembe on

She’s awesome

AD on

wow, she looks so pretty doing the all natural look!

Jenn on

I’m really pleased to see all the positive comments b/c despite her attitude and whatever…she really is naturally a beautiful woman.

Moveon on

The most normal and the best looking I have ever seen this woman! Now if the personality could match the picture above!!

Karen on

Stunning!

Sandra on

See, I knew there was a beauty under all that puff and fluff.

Lei on

She looks like a man with boobs. can’t stand her tantrum throwing attitude on Idol. what a waste of journalism.

TheyKnow on

She is very pretty either way. I love the pink lipsticks she wears though!!

eileen on

I’m not a big fan, but i do find her absolutely beautiful and these pictures confirm it.

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