Cover Story: Nicki Minaj’s Naturally Beautiful Style Transformation

Nicki MinajNicki Minaj has been keeping her loyal barbz on their toes! With everything from her ventures into the film industry to her revamped and improved look, everyone is loving the new Nicki Minaj.

Lyrically and creatively, she is awe inspiring. With only three full length LPs to her name—and a new one on the way entitled The Pink Print—Nicki is already a major force in music and has her sights on conquering film as well. But it’s her recent style transformation that has everybody talking.

When it comes to style, Nicki has been slaying red carpets with her chic, high fashion ensembles, making grand entrances at award shows like the recent Billboard Music Awards. She has become a trendsetter in the process, trading in her showy costumes for a more sophisticated look. Lately, she’s opted for long, floor length gowns that show off her natural curves.

Stepping into the fashion arena was only natural for Nicki, as she’s partnered with Kmart to create her own clothing line that is accessible, affordable and stylish. Her latest collection for them is a line of bathing suits, which are right on time for the summer season!

Though her clothing style has changed dramatically over the last year, which started with her gig as a judge on American Idol, it is Nicki’s hair that has garnered the biggest reaction from fans and industry folks alike. She’s rocked the multi-colored, fantasy-like wigs and styles. But, here Nicki is going with her own long and relaxer free tresses, and it looks amazing!

On our cover, Nicki flashes that beautifully radiant smile with a fierce pose, showing off her jet-black, silky and sleek tresses. Her hair is healthy looking and shiny. The style features an off-center part, with one side slicked behind one ear and allowing her stunning features to shine through. A simple smoky eye and neutral-toned lip gloss tops off the look to perfection. Stunning!

After revealing her real hair to the world on Instagram—“No perm. No extensions,” she captioned one photo—Nicki discusses her decision to put the weaves and wigs aside for a while and rock her own natural hair during an interview with MTV on the day of the premiere of her film debut in The Other Woman.

“It’s not a makeover, it’s coming full circle,” Nicki told MTV. “I went so far to the other side that there’s only one place to go from there. You can either continue doing costumes or you can just say, ‘Hey, guess what? This will shock them even more. Doing nothing will shock them even more.’” “Even when I did my Elle cover and got a new hairstylist [Oscar James], and was wearing more natural looking hair and toned down makeup, I was getting myself to this place where I was wearing my real hair out. I knew I was gonna do it, I wasn’t going to announce it to the world, but I knew it would happen and I think we’ve successfully done it.”

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