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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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AmyRene on

She still looks like warped Muppet.

channing on

NM, like a angel from heaven, haha

carlosavs7 on

Reblogged this on carlosavs7.

maya on

She looks gorgeous – and a lot younger. Sta natural Nicki, you look fab!

Fallon on

Thank goodness all the makeup is gone! She looks so good without it!

Odessa Cohrs on

She was so beautiful. Simple fashion trends makes her stunning. Makeunder for Elle is much appropriate for her style. You may check out my calls/prediction at frinzee.

Shandelia Jones on

Better! Now change her personality

Lisa on

I found some pics of her online with zero make-up, and she really is beautiful. But hey, as an over-the-top theatrical styled performer she enjoys all the flash.

jennifer on

mmm nicki hav xo many enemies bt gal i am gona tel d world that u are wonderful.any music u feature her comes out great nicki i luv u 4 wateva u r.

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