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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sam hain on

She is cute without all that makeup. I’d hit it from the back, because baby got back.

KATHY on

WOW! So much younger, prettier and hip looking.
She doesn’t need all the glitter, make up, fake hair.
She looks awesome!! Stay like that. Too phony the
other way.

ros on

Better looking but not better look. They still try to make black people more acceptable to whites by giving them a white blonde look. She should look black and natural.

Sabrina on

She’s still wearing quite a bit of makeup, including lipstick, lip liner, eyeliner, eyeshadow, and foundation, just that the tones and colors are neutral browns/natural colors rather than pink and red colors. Nevertheless, I don’t have a problem with her loud makeup or blonde hair. Nothing wrong with being unique!

batgirlnj on

I think the unmade Nicki is GORGEOUS! All the wild makeup and hair detracts from her natural beauty. She should really give it a try.

mara on

OMG Simply beautiful!

paula reopell on

she looks stunning

Candace on

She is actually very pretty, but you would have never known it before. I still can’t tolerate her nasally voice for very long.

dave on

so is the butt fake?

Suzette on

If I must say so myelf, she looks absolutely beautiful!

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