This starship keeps on flying high. If there was ever any doubt that Nicki Minaj is a bonafide star, look no further than her latest ELLE cover. What we love most is that she’s actually giving us a bit of her natural beauty. In minimal makeup, we get to see her natural glowy skin. She calls the makeunder a huge accomplishment, since she was stripped of her usual bright pink lipstick and animated makeup picks. But of course, she had to show just a pop of flesh peeking from her Tom Ford leather jacket. Would she be Nicki any other way?
In the issue, Nicki talks about being bullied a young girl, and her advice for women to know what they want and demand it, in the workplace and every other venue of their lives. She also talks about her world domination has more to do with family than topping the charts.
“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.”
Nicki may have toned down her image, but she still loves her multiple personalities. In a hilarious clip, she plays a starry eyed reporter Nicki interviews Nicki the superstar.
Watch her flex her acting chops, and check out more photos from her ELLE cover below.