Nicki Minaj Talks Being Bullied & Says Letting go of ‘Barbie’ Image is Scary

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Photo Credit: @nickiminaj Twitter

Photo Credit: @nickiminaj Twitter

By: Amanda Anderson-Niles

Nicki Minaj is without a doubt one of today biggest female rappers and has embarked on the kind of epic success that most female rappers could only dream of. Only a few years in the game as an artist with a deal, Nicki has landed big time deals with companies like MAC and Macy’s; and she’s a new judge on American Idol, one of the most popular talent shows in the world (although the show is experiencing a drop in ratings this season). Regardless, Nicki is ready to transform her over the top image, and she’s done that already by firing her hairdresser and wardrobe stylist. She’s even let go of the bright-colored wigs, and in her recent photo shoot, she looked pretty fabulous without all the gimmicks.

Nicki is the cover girl for the April issue of Elle, and in the issue, the female rapper reveals that she was bullied as kid something terrible and she even admits that changing up her image now is pretty terrifying for her.

On switching up her image and letting go of the gimmicky bright colored wigs and outrageous outfits, known as her “Barbie” persona:

“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 being bullied as a kid, Nicki says:

“I went through a lot of bullying early on. Girls made my life a living hell.”


Check out video of Nicki jokingly interviewing herself for Elle, courtesy of Access Hollywood:

nicki minaj elle cover


  1. A

    March 14, 2013 at 11:02 am


  2. incognegro

    March 14, 2013 at 11:04 am

    Translation: I am afraid of giving up the barbie gimmick because I may no longer have the right appeal to sell records.

    • Sallie Mae

      March 14, 2013 at 11:10 am


    • Queen

      March 14, 2013 at 11:14 am


    • For real

      March 14, 2013 at 11:43 am

      *Standing Ovation*

    • Ms.Thang

      March 14, 2013 at 1:03 pm

      HA! Here’s mine…
      Translation: I had all this surgery to look like a Barbie (phony) Now I’m scared to reveal what’s actually underneath.

  3. Seriously?

    March 14, 2013 at 11:10 am

    That cover is a fail tho…

    • Kopper

      March 14, 2013 at 10:38 pm


  4. WhatWhat

    March 14, 2013 at 11:11 am

    She looks much better without the gimmicks. I hate that cover though. Her hair looks raggedy and her face isn’t on point in that shot.

  5. Sallie Mae

    March 14, 2013 at 11:11 am

    The crazy thing is that she doesn’t need all of that fake ish to give her sex appeal – she already had it.

  6. Barbee

    March 14, 2013 at 11:12 am

    She looks gorge on the cover!

  7. Roxy

    March 14, 2013 at 11:13 am

    She looks great!

  8. Heather B.

    March 14, 2013 at 11:14 am

    She should have never sold out in the first place. Now she has to work hard to be taken seriously.

    • Queen

      March 14, 2013 at 11:15 am


    • Roxy

      March 14, 2013 at 11:16 am

      Blame the people she had around her when she was coming up as a rapper a few years ago.

      • Incognegro

        March 14, 2013 at 11:18 am

        You mean that ugly bear lookin mofo Big Fendi? His ugly butt is still salty.

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