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Makeup-Free Nicki Minaj Covers Elle Magazine, Talks Being Bullied & World Domination



Nicki Minaj is seemingly bare face on the April 2013 Elle magazine cover. The rapstress and ‘American Idol’ judge strips down, unveiling her more vulnerable side, to discuss her experience with bullying, being respected as a woman and world domination.

On being bullied as a little girl:

“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.”


On wearing overly dramatic and heavy makeup:

“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.”


On building her empire and dominating the world:

“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.”


Her advice to women on being respected on the job:

“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.”

Head over to Elle for more on Nicki’s magazine spread and interview.

Are we liking the new more toned down Nicki?


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