Taking time away from the “American Idol” judging table, Nicki Minaj soaked up the spotlight on the cover of ELLE magazine”s April 2013 issue.
The “Super Bass” hitmaker rocked a Tom Ford jacket with American Apparel leggings for the Thomas Whiteside-shot front page while dishing about everything from being bullied as a child to commanding respect from others.
On her dramatic make-under for her ELLE photo shoot:
When I saw myself with barely any makeup at, it was such a like, Im so, so attached to my pink lipstick, its hard. I feel that its 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.
On experiencing bullying in school as a child:
I went through a lot of bullying early on. Girls made my life a living hell. We had come to America from a different country. My brother and I had accents. It was very tough. So Ive always put up this wall it was a self-defense mechanism growing up because I was almost expecting people to attack me. And I still have it. Its sad.
Her advice for women on how to command respect:
My advice to women in general: Even if youre doing a nine-to-five job, treat yourself like a boss. Not arrogant, but be sure of what you want- and dont allow people to run anything for you without your knowledge. You want everyone to know, Okay, I cant play games with her. I have to do right by this woman. Thats what its all about.
On her plans for world domination:
My goal in the beginning was to buy my mother a house. Now I realize, Okay, if I really focus and become a key player in business, then I can build an empire. Im 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.
For more on Nicki”s interview, be sure to visit ELLE and pick it up on newsstands March 18!