Confession: we’ve been quietly grumbling about the continual lack of color on major mag covers lately. Of course we know this is not news, but we thought with a knock out like Kerry Washington, currently starring in one of the most popular scripted dramas in recent years (not to mention her role in the very buzzed-about Django Unchained), her face would be plastered across every major pub in America (she only landed Elle and Vanity Fair this year). Other actresses sneeze and repeatedly get major covers for peace sake. But we’re happy to see Nicki Minaj on the cover of Marie Claire‘s August 2013 issue, as the rapper shared a sneak peek with her 16.7 million twitter followers recently. Guess when you clean up people take notice. Minaj appears in the magazine sporting her newest bleach blonde and dark root hairdo, wearing simple but sultry designer garbs that clung to her curves—of course.