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Nicki Minaj Covers 'Elle' May 2011

Nicki Minaj Covers 'Elle' May 2011

Nicki Minaj graces an alternate cover of Elle‘s May issue, on newsstands April 12!

Here is what the 26-year-old rapper had to share with the mag:

On her career aspirations growing up: “I always wanted to play with the boys. I didn’t want to be a pawn in their game or have a sidekick role. I wanted to be more of a lead character—a superhero.”

On her sense of style: “I tend to like booties…[pause]“—she takes a beat to clarify: no sexual meaning implied—"and really flashy shoes: totally studded out, in five colors with an insane platform.”

On her song “My Chick Bad” with Ludacris: “[I] chose to do punch lines and be comical, to show how bad I am lyrically, as opposed to how sexy I think I am.”

Check out Gwen Stefani on her cover for the May issue of Elle!

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Photos: Terry Tsiolis
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  • annie

    NO always NO

  • Rita

    Who chose this cover?! It doesn’t showcase her face nor her body, her posture’s weird, and only shows the underwhelming dress. Cover FAIL.

  • http://J Kaz simply Amaazingg !!!!!!!!

    Nicki look like the devil?

  • http://B Sligo lambert ^_______^ cute

    Oops she in magazin elle

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  • http://J Kaz simply Amaazingg !!!!!!!!

    I want to give her cup of bleach ,
    make her cool =>

  • Dee

    @Kaz simply Amaazingg !!!!!!!!: I wanna give you a brain and make you cool.

  • http://J Kaz simply Amaazingg !!!!!!!!

    Keep for you for dinner =D

  • A

    Just what we need, a glorified tacky hoodrat on the cover of a mainstream popular magazine.
    Put someone classy like Zoe Saldana on the cover.
    Show young Black women who are talented and beautiful.
    Sick of seeing these big butt alá hottentot venus on the cover of magazines.

  • nicki

    Check this out. Another nick awesome song.

  • Cheery

    Wonder if she actually has hair, it’s always wigs with her…

  • Butter_Fly

    “[I] chose to do punch lines and be comical, to show how bad I am lyrically…”

    I still don’t know who she is or what her songs sound like but umm, am I reading that right? lol. So she did a song to show how bad she is? haha!

  • kerri

    She seems like she puts on a character. She doesn’t seem like a real person to me.

  • Celia

    She looks Great! AND OMG!! She’s going on tour with Britney Spears!!!

  • Hoody

    @Rita: i agree

  • MRS. Bumble Kee

    I also covered this story on ‘MRS. Bumble Kee – Fashion, Beauty, And Celebrity’. As a fashion and beauty blogger I would definitely have to commend Nicki Minaj on this gorgeous cover and her spread in ‘Elle’ magazine. She has definitely grown as an artist since her starting career. She’s covered numerous magazines, she takes amazing photos, she’s talented, she’s gorgeous, and she has the ability to stand on her own two feet. I say job well done.

  • I n F a m o u s l y C o o L

    @annie: …racist huh?? …pig.

  • Mia

    @MRS. Bumble Kee: Sorry what did you say? talented? she acts as if she can rap but she sure cant. gorgeous? what her wigs? her fake behind? we know she did surgery on that one.. haha. And please, don’t get me started on the shoots she does. Just like Gaga they don’t create their own style, they are made. By their record company’s manager, go on go on. They needed someone like her, so they chose her. Not because she has the most talent of all.
    And grown as an artist? what does that exactly mean? she began singing with Mariah Carey and so many others. blablabla

  • get it mama

    Nicki has mad talent! & is FUNNY! Of course she’s putting on a stage character, she’s said that all along.

    Love her verses! Her song DOMINOS is the best! STUNNING shoot.

  • Mejay

    @Butter_Fly: She means “bad” as in slang for good, cool, bad ass, etc.

  • TheFashionistaChic

    So So glad she took off the butt pads for the magazine shoo.t