Thursday, March 14, 2013

Nicki Minaj Covers the April 2013 Issue of ELLE Magazine

Nicki Minaj is covering the April 2013 issue of ELLE magazine and the rapper is rocking a more toned down but edgy look. On the cover shot by Thomas Whiteside & styled by Joe Zee, Nicki is wearing a black TOM FORD leather jacket braless of course and AMERICAN APPAREL leggings.

Center part beachy waves and light make-up finished up her look. In the issue, Nicki raps(pun intended) about beeing bullied in school, advice to women on commanding respect, her make-under & more. Continue below to read some excerpts from Nicki's interview and to see more images from her feature or go to for more details. The issue hits newsstand on March 18th.

Woven raffia bustier & skirt both, Dolce & Gabbana

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."
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."

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."

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."

Print bathing suit, Jeremy Scott for Adidas, $95, Leather trousers, Salvatore Ferragamo, Link bracelet, Chrome Hearts, $1,595

Strap-trim napa leather jacket, Tom Ford, price on request, at Tom Ford NYC, Leggings by American Apparel

Credit: ELLE

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