With no elaborate dressing, Nicki Minaj sits au naturel on the latest cover of Fader magazine.
Inside issue No. 93, the Young Money rapper delves into her family, fame and Black women in Popular culture. She elaborates on her relationship with LiL Wayne, her coming of age and transition into mainstream.
Just before the cartoonish, attention-demanding outfits that had become her signature began to limit her, she stripped them away, starting, roughly, with the 2012 video for “Beez in the Trap.” Nicki’s new pared-down aesthetic—black hair, sleek dresses, more natural makeup—has broadened her appeal. No longer a volatile outsider breaking into Ellen or American Idol, she increasingly comes off as a down-to-earth daytime-talk celeb. “Looking back now, I love that I was pushed to reinvent myself,” she says, “because when I sit back and I really look, I need hip-hop, and hip-hop needs me.”
See Nicki’s cover and more of her spread below. Read full interview at TheFader.com.