Nicki Minaj agreed to a makeunder for her photo shoot with Elle magazine. The Trinidadian-born American rapper admitted that it was difficult for her to part ways with her lipstick.
“I’m so, so attached to my pink lipstick, it’s hard,” Minaj said. “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.”
Minaj will be featured in the April issue of Elle, where she shares her difficulties with bullies and gives advice to women about getting respect.
“My advice to women in general: Even if you’re doing a nine-to-five job, treat yourself like a boss,” Minaj said. “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, ‘OK, I can’t play games with her. I have to do right by this woman.’ That’s what it’s all about.”