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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Julesy on

I am sure she does not look as good as those photos depict her. Photoshopped.

wham359 on

she is beautiful, but straight blonde hair on a black woman is not “natural”

missmearisha0 on

The blonde hair gotta go. Doesn’t fit her skin tone.

Luxx on

Ok, first of all it says without wig, now everyone with a brain knows that dry blond thing on her head is not her hair, it’s called a lace front wig. This just goes to show that Minaj is not all that without her Homey The Clown costume on and she is like every other woman without all the make up on, not all that, BASIC.

Colleen on

I think she looks so much better without all the heavy makeup!! Really Nice!

Tex on

so she actually is quite attractive under all the ugliness. who’da thunk it?

aero57 on

Look like a dude..or a tranny

Brandy on

these aren’t good photos…

gh on

What is “natural” about that hair and fake breasts? I like this look better, but it is still far from what she started with. Bet she was pretty before all the enhancements.

Lina on

Gorgeous! She looks so much better!

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