And honestly, it's true. Girl usually goes so far beyond all-out that we practically forgot what she really looked like, if we ever knew in the first place. And it sounds like this makeunder was no easy undertaking, either: "I'm so, so attached to my pink lipstick, it's hard," Minaj says in the cover story. "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."
Though she's not exactly 100% natural in this spread (platinum-blonde hair and false eyelashes still feature), she still looks fresh and absolutely gorgeous. Minaj recently fired her stylist and beauty team in a quiet PR overhaul, so maybe this is indicative of the new image we can expect to see in the future? (Elle)
Photos: Thomas Whiteside/Courtesy of Elle.