There’s no denying Nicki Minaj closed out a phenomenal year. Her third studio album,The Pinkprint, permanently etched her superstar hip hop and pop status, with Billboard naming Minaj the top female R&B/Hip-Hop artist of 2015 and Vogue deeming 2015 to be the “year of Nicki Minaj.” While her wins continue to surpass even her biggest fans’ expectations, she has continued to strip down to a more relatable, and if possible, sexier, and more confident superstar.
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We’ve also loved her continued hair evolution, (mostly) trading in the cotton-candy pink wigs for more demure versions of her signature bangs and high ponytails — including the above blonde/brown highlighted look created by Kim Kimble she donned for New Year’s Eve.
Click through for 12 more hair crush-worthy times the rap queen slayed without going over the top.