Whoa! It's Nicki Minaj like you've NEVER seen her before!
We always thought you'd have to pry the rapper's signature wig and false eyelashes from her cold, dead hands, but Elle managed to do it while Nicki was still alive!
What a coup!
Her Minajesty covers the April issue for the mag sans her beloved pink lipstick and eyelash fringe, looking fresh and beautiful with beachy waves and her boobage directly at your eyeline.
And compared to her usual ostentatious makeup looks, it's almost like she's not wearing any at all!
But the makeunder left her reeling. She said:
"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. 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."
Girl, you look amazing! Don't even sweat it!
The spread also features Nicki in a slashed-sleeve Tom Ford leather jacket, Dolce & Gabbana's basketweave bustier top and matching skirt, and the Jeremy Scott for Adidas face-print maillot that's been worn at least twice before.
But, SRSLY, more Nicki makeunders, please!
[Image via Elle]
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