The first lady of Young Money Nicki Minaj cleans up for her fashion spread in the May issue of Elle magazine. Photographed by Terry Tsiolis the Hip Hop prodigy ditches her usual eccentric big wigs and colourful elaborate outfits for a more glamorous yet eager look.
The barbie doll rapper who’s success is often compared to that of Lauryn Hill during her early days and her style to that of nemesis Lil Kim says her success is attributed to the fact that she thinks of herself as one of the boys and not just another female rapper.
“When I write, I don’t try to compete with any other female rapper. The only way you’re going to push your pen is to think, I’ve got to shut these dudes down”, Nicki tells Elle.
The 26-year-old further tells the magazine that she has turned down many offers in the past to write sexually explicit lyrics, citing she is more than just a sex symbol.
“I’ve turned down like a billion of requests for sexually explicit lyrics. People just have to just start understanding that it’s not the only thing I have to talk about, it?’s not the only thing I want to talk about, it’s not the only thing I’m going to talk about”, she explains in Elle.
Nicki also explains one of her many alter egos in the magazine, Roman Zolanski, saying: “Roman is a weird little alter ego who is very flamboyant and doesn’t give a damn. You know when I’m doing really weird voices, growling, being real crazy, and talking like Anna Nicole Smith? That’s Roman”.
Here is her fashion spread in the magazine: