My favorite girl Nicki Minaj is dominating the world and I love it. From her own fragrance, two #1 albums, owning the record of 7 singles charting at the same time on Billboard Hot 100, a collaboration with MAC cosmetics to American Idol judge, face of Jeremy Scott for Adidas collection, duets with Madonna, Britney, Kanye West, among others, performing at Superbowl with Madonna, and so on. Miss Minaj is slaying all your faves because she not only does hip-hop like no one else in the game but she also did a crossover to pop and R&B. I mean... when will your faves??? Bow down to the Queen!!!!
Right now she covers the April issue of ELLE US and she's absolutely stunning, like she's never been seen before. For 2013, Nicki revealed she wanted to go with more clean looks and she's doing it. Excessiveness is part of the past and she's evolving. Love to see one of my favorite artists stepping up her game. She opted to strip down and show her natural self with no fake eyelashes, no wigs, no pink lipstick. Let's see some of the legendary amazing shots and part of the interview where she opens up about being bullied and much more.
Photography: Thomas Whiteside
Styling: Joe Zee
(wearing Print Jeremy Scott for Adidas bathing suit and Salvatore Ferragamo leather trousers)
On her dramatic make-under for her ELLE photo shoot:
"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."
(wearing Dolce & Gabbana woven raffia bustier and skirt)
On her plans for world domination:
"My goal in the beginning was to buy my mother a house. Now I realize, Okay, if I really focus and become a key player in business, then I can build an empire. I'm thinking of a legacy that I can be proud of and wealth that my grandchildren can use to go to college. So world domination— in terms of providing for my family— is absolutely my goal."
On experiencing bullying in school as a child:
"I went through a lot of bullying early on. Girls made my life a living hell. We had come to America from a different country. My brother and I had accents. It was very tough. So I've always put up this wall— it was a self-defense mechanism growing up— because I was almost expecting people to attack me. And I still have it. It's sad."
(wearing Tom Ford leather jacket and American Apparel leggings)
Her advice for women on how to command respect:
"My advice to women in general: Even if you're doing a nine-to-five job, treat yourself like a boss. Not arrogant, but be sure of what you want— and don't allow people to run anything for you without your knowledge. You want everyone to know, Okay, I can't play games with her. I have to do right by this woman. That's what it's all about."
Watch this really funny video where Nicki Minaj interviews herself, literally. I laughed so much. Love the fact ELLE played with Nicki's alter-egos. You must see!!!
In some other news, Nicki Minaj just filmed the music video for her new single "High School" featuring Lil Wayne and collaborated with rapper French Montana on his sexy new single "Freaks". Check it out!