Stripped! See American Idol’s Nicki Minaj Without Makeup (PHOTO)

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'American Idol' judge Nicki Minaj poses on the April issue of 'ELLE' without makeup.

David Jakle

It’s Nicki Minaj like we rarely see her!

The normally dolled up American Idol judge covers the April issue of ELLEwithout makeup.

“When I saw myself with barely any makeup… it was such a… like, I’m so, so attached to my pink lipstick, it’s hard. I feel that it’s become a part of me,” she says of her make-under. “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.”

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We think the 30-year-old wears a bare face well. Not to mention, she looks stunning posing on the cover in a leather jacket and leggings.

But rocking the coolest wigs and duds isn’t Nicki’s main priority.

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“My goal in the beginning was to buy my mother a house,” she shares in the mag. “Now I realize, Okay, if I really focus and become a key player in business, then I can build an empire.

Nicki continues, “I’m thinking of a legacy that I can be proud of and wealth that my grandchildren can use to go to college. So world domination — in terms of providing for my family — is absolutely my goal.”

And she has some words of advice to share with females everywhere.

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“Even if you’re doing a nine-to-five job, treat yourself like a boss,” the “Super Bass” singer says. “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, ‘Okay, I can’t play games with her. I have to do right by this woman.’ That’s what it’s all about.”

What do you think of Nicki's stripped down look?


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