Nicki Minaj in Alexander McQueen at the 2014 MTV Movie Awards

Posted on April 14, 2014

This is totally unfair of us, but our first reaction was to wish for bright pink hair and drag makeup. But we saw her up close very briefly at Fashion Week once and we were struck by how naturally beautiful she is, so we can’t blame her for wanting to show that off.


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That’s a whole hell of a lot of jewelry, but we think that’s something of a concession we’ll have to make for her. If nothing else, she’s doing a much better job of working those cuffs than Sienna Miller did. The dress is okay. It’s really just a framing device for that spectacular butt – as she’s more than willing to remind you.

Seriously, the last time we saw that much back arching, there was a pole and dollar bills involved.





[Photo Credit: Emiley Schweich, David Gabber/]

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  • crash1212


  • shelley514

    Nicki looks like an actual real human being instead of a cartoon character. Bravo!!! She’s gorgeous. A bit of lip color was needed though.

  • RussellH88

    She looks great.

    But I still like cotton candy tacky drag. I can’t help it.

    • Raspberry2012

      Yeah, I’m with you – I love both versions of her!

      • littlemac8

        Can you help me understand the makeup in the eyebrow department? Do you shave the natural eyebrow, powder it? And then stencil on the shape you want? With what? Surely not a pencil.

        • Saturnine

          I’m with you! Inquiring minds want to know. I’ve see women all over lately with these fabulous brows. What are they doing?

        • Town

          I heard the eyebrows being called “HD” eyebrows. There are YouTube tutorials on it. Basically the eyebrows are powdered on and the shape is cleaned up using highlighter/concealer to get the crisp line.

    • jen_vasm

      It’s always good to shake things up a bit. Gives her an exit strategy from the cray-cray that Steffi is failing at right now. It helps that she’s quite beautiful.

  • Chartreusite

    She’s supremely gorgeous. I understand why she likes to have the cartoony persona but this is totally out-of-left-field. Unexpected and wow. She sure has the presence to make something this plain work.

    • Trent

      I knew she was attractive, but not THIS pretty. I would cut a bitch for flawless skin like that. SO lovely.

  • Beardslee

    Let’s see more of this, please! What a beautiful woman, though that posing will put her back out if she keeps it up.

    • AnaRoW

      She has a very large butt. I suspect it makes her back arching look worse than it is.

  • sugarkane105

    I’m getting a lower backache just looking at her.

  • Darren Nesbitt

    I’ve followed her on Instagram she has been sans-makeup for a few months now. Going on cruises, attending small family gatherings and being a human. How would we feel if Lady Gaga took to normcore humanizing look?

  • Michelle Amanda Cantave

    I wonder if the lawsuit she’s involved with over her wigs is part of the reason her hair looks “normal”

    • Wink

      She has worn outrageous and tacky wigs for so long that ‘normal’ looks great on her!

  • Sam Smith

    This is the strategy Lady Gaga should be working, once you establish your talent you don’t need to wear outlandish costumes everywhere (not that there isn’t a place for it, especially on stage). Dressing normally and beautifully can be just a shocker as being a mess (remember when Courtney Love wore that white Versace gown) when it runs counter to your persona.

  • Mary Elizabeth Poytinger Baume

    I think she looked great; especially since you would expect the bubblegum pink hair-wackadoo outfit at this show and she goes and gives you diva-glam realness.

    • Kimbolina

      Yeah, I think it’s kind of great that she pulls out such a “serious” look for, of all things, the MTV Movie Awards. Everyone tries to go for the crazy for this show and this is like the ultimate unexpected move.

  • Danielle

    Dat booty!

  • vahtel

    Dat face tho.

  • Emily Smith

    Who did her bra fitting, I want to hire them, cause damn.

    • colleenjanel

      Her girls look photoshopped! Damn is right!

  • Crystal

    She looks great. DAT ASS.

    I’m kinda loving the jewelry, not crazy about that eyeliner though. I think it makes her eyes look small.

  • Stella Zawistowski

    Tell me I’m not the only one with “LA face with an Oakland booty” stuck in my head now. Magnificent.

  • In_Stitches

    I wish the sheer effect was only on the sides. The one going down the backside looks like a tail. Also, too many cuffs. One on each arm would have been great. Other than that, it’s solid look that subverts our expectations while serving beauty n’ booty.

    • kimmeister

      The one going down the backside makes this nearly X-rated.

  • Anna

    Watch ya self, Nicki. Show us what you workin’ with.

    I love this. The dress is so simple and unexpected for her that she almost needs to wear her entire jewelry collection…because Nicki Minaj.

    • KinoEye

      Hahaha… that song cracks me up so much. I love the Daily Show, and they recently had a game where you could put music to a campaign video of Mitch McConnell (Kentucky senator). He’s basically just smiling at the camera, doing politician things, but there’s no audio except for music. So you could pretty much put whatever you want in the background. Of course, I chose Shake Ya Ass. It was priceless.

      • Anna

        Ha! Nice.

        For me, I will always associate it with baby Nicholas Hoult rapping to it in the hallway in About a Boy when he meets Ellie for the first time: “Stop telling strangers to shake their arse!”

  • Shawn EH

    Cleopatra WERQ!

  • Imasewsure

    That three quarter shot is pure Diva attitude…. she should be teaching that at Drag U

  • Sarah

    Her eyebrows are stenciled with more precision than the decorative border in my living room. Nevertheless, she is lovely.

  • Lilah

    Wow. I never noticed how beautiful she really is.

  • GeoDiva

    That necklace cuff is amazing. She does look good.

  • KateShouldBeWorking

    Guess I’m doing a few extra squats today.

  • Darcy H

    Dear Gaga: Take notes. THIS is how to surprise people after working a schtick for a while.

  • Paigealicious

    Isn’t her butt fake?

  • Jacqueline Wessel

    Yay jewelry. That simple dress and her stunning look are able to support all that gold.

  • JauntyJohn

    Well, there IS an eclipse coming up, so that may explain it: The words Regal and Nicki Minaj in the same sentence.
    I think she looks friggin’ dynamite.

  • ovarB

    You know how you are supposed to pair a nude lip with a smokey eye?? Perhaps this is another “rule”…pair a ton of gold jewelry with understated makeup.

    In all honesty, I LOVE seeing her like this and workin’ that natural beauty!!

  • Evan

    Does anyone know whether her butt is all natural or if she had implants?

    • aahlife

      Implants. She had them done twice. First time large, then she went huge. There are before photos on the internet if you do a search.

      • Evan

        Thanks. I think it looks ridiculous. I’m all for a curvy body, but I don’t know why anyone thinks Nicki Minaj or Kim Kardashian butt is attractive. It looks like a shelf that you can rest a soda can on. Kind of cartoonish and gross to me.

        • demidaemon

          Perhaps she has no coffee tables and needed the shelf?

      • MaggieMae

        I feel stupid. I thought that ass was all natural.

        • Evan

          It seems like most people assume it’s natural, but I think it looks WAY too big to be anything but fake. If it was big and saggy that would be one thing, but that thing is big and and a little too perky.

  • marlie

    I sort of like this. It also says something about the changing of the guard, that at the MTV awards, Nicki Minaj is the one in the (relatively) demure and subdued dress. I think she looks pretty great, while showing that she doesn’t have to look CUH-RAZY all the time.

  • d4divine

    Sticking her butt out like a $2 hooker ruins the entire look. Imo

  • Jenna621

    Wow. I didn’t even recognize her. I’m not sure if that is a good thing or a bad thing.

  • Jacob Bowen

    Was seriously just watching VH1’s “Fabulous Life of Nicki Minaj” and this is SO refreshing. Her drag persona is FUN but this Nicki is SLAMMIN’!

  • Alison – NYC Recessionista

    Does she ALWAYS have to look so freaking angry though? #bitchyrestingface

  • Gorgeous. She could’ve gone with a simpler earring with that necklace and the cuffs. And maybe a leeetle more of a smile. When she’s in the candy colours she always looks like she’s having fun – this does not look like she is having fun.

  • Sophie

    She looks like she’s bored out of her mind in most of the pictures… I almost didn’t recognise her, she looks great. She’d look even better with a smile on her face.

  • Cheryl

    I had no idea she was so pretty. The cartoon character is certainly fun, but it’s also fun to go against expectations.

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  • TropiCarla

    She enhanced as part of her ‘image,’ but she has always been naturally gorgeous. The natural look draws attention to her exquisite dougla heritage.

    • raeb23

      agreed…she’s very pretty. i wish she’d go ‘natural’ more often.

  • jilly_d

    1. I can see those eyebrows from space. Not good, Nicki,
    2. Yes, we can all see your butt. It’s fantastic; no need to put your back out.

  • decormaven

    She is one smart woman who knows how to manage her looks to best advantage. This change-up is welcome, and it’s wonderfully executed. Snaps in a Z formation.

  • AzSportsGirl

    Hahaha. Tlo where there is a pole, back-arching and dollar bills?? On a dare?

    Having said that the dress works for her but seems tame for an MTV event. Miss her on Idol.

  • ballerinawithagun

    Sorry, can’t remember where, but someone did a make-under on her. She freaked out, but then, in the end liked it. She is actually pretty.

    • kimmeister

      It was even featured here on this site (magazine cover). I’m pretty sure she was in a wet blonde wig, wearing black.

  • Trickytrisha

    Kinda funny how even 20 years ago, having a big ass was something a woman deplored. Anyway, she’s rather gorgeous, if obvious.

    • kimmeister

      We can thank Sir Mixx-a-Lot for undoing that.

    • MilaXX

      Nope, in the black community we always liked big booties. Sir Mixx-a-lot was just stating a fact.

  • Best she has ever looked!

  • dash1211

    She’s just trying too hard.

  • MzzPants

    Her serious artist look.

  • NMMagpie

    Uncles, if you are ever in a situation that involves a pole and dollar bills, would you make sure to Instagram it?

  • LeelaST

    I realize it’s Nicki Minaj but if she wants to tone it down this isn’t working. Every aspect is too too – cat eye, jewelry, dress (why the sheer sides?!), and ass-ets.

  • LOVE.

  • Milos Mom

    Yes… she is a pretty girl, but that styling is failing her and that clip in brown streak of hair is not helping her in the least. I assume she dressed herself or let her young cousin do it?

  • MilaXX

    I like low key Nicki but I could live without the brown clip on hair.

  • MsC

    This outfit could be interesting on someone whose primary facial expression isn’t “I’m as dumb as a bag of hair.”

  • KT

    She is totally unrecognizable. She does have a spectacular ass, though. Jealousy ensues.

  • BrooklynBomber

    I want that necklace.

  • ChelseaNH

    Perhaps it was because I was just reading an article about Lynda Carter, but those cuffs make me want to see her in a Wonder Woman costume.

    • somebody blonde

      Now that you say it, I think she would look absolutely amazing in the old Wonder Woman costume. Totally different from Lynda, but awesome nonetheless.

    • fursa_saida

      Oh, this is cruel, because I will never get Nicki Minaj as Wonder Woman and now I want it so bad. She goes around telling girls to stay in school and talking about double standards as it is, we’re halfway there!

  • Lisa M. (ReVoir) Kramp

    I like the real Nicki! More, please.

  • Esz

    Super villain disguise that one. Love it.

  • Camille Chapman

    ARG!! WHy does she have to stand like that?????

  • Glam Dixie

    She didn’t need cartoon hair, she has cartoon eyebrows instead.

    • Coolekat

      Yes,, but it kind of works. I think she looks fabulous.

  • demidaemon

    This looks so tame. It’s like Nicki Minaj, the depressed version.

  • somebody blonde

    The first thing I thought of was Aïda. I honestly don’t think I can think of a higher compliment. She looks stunning.

  • MyFavoriteColorIsGlitter

    We get it. Your ass is huge. Now go away and make some more crappy “music” or whatever it is you do.
    I don’t like her.

  • snarkykitten

    I don’t know her behind personally, but if she has a spine like mine, your butt just does that if you stand straight.

  • bitchybitchybitchy

    I’m so used to Minaj’s campy stage looks that I find it great to see her showcasing her own stunning good looks.

  • quiltrx

    I cannot with the Sharpie eyebrows. Not on the gals at my work, not on Nicki. Other than that, she looks lovely.
    (though I disapprove of the “coming out my butt” sheer part and the awful way she stands)

  • JP

    I didn’t recognize her at first. She’s gorgeous without all the schtick. Wonder what Gaga would look like if she went this route?

  • Guest

    This is what Gaga should have done with her latest album.

  • siriuslover

    I think the thing that gets me most about these pictures is that her crazy eyes are a schtick too.

  • formerlyAnon

    For her, damn lovely. I like the cuffs. More hand jewelry than she needs, but it’s Nicki Minaj.

    “pole and dollar bills involved” – snort. My similar thought was that she’s workin’ it like the rent is late and the landlord’s due to drop by. But she’s nobody’s fool. She seems perfectly self aware about how she’s gotten where she is and what the industry expects of a young woman. Acquaintances (who may not be entirely reliable) who’ve worked with her/at her events in lowly capacities have told me that she’s pleasant and polite to people and does the job with less drama than many,

  • Not loving it. The dress is making the fabulous butt look like an accessory, rather than part of the package. Not sure what I’d do to fix it – a more structured fabric, maybe? – but much as I like seeing her ditch the crazy for a look at her gorgeous cheekbones, I feel like the natural assets could have been better deployed.

    On balance, there’s a butt that is begging for a fabulously ostentatious mermaid skirt – think how she’d look in the purple confection Zoe Saldana wore to the Oscars a while back!

  • Clash D

    She looks so much better with her natural hair. And that marvellous bootay is the very definition of ‘SMACK-able!”

    • MilaXX

      That’s mostly her natural hair color, but she’s a got a few extensions in there giving her a little extra length and fullness. She’s been posting pictures of her real hair on IG and her hair is at least 2 inches longer here.

  • kmk05

    FLAWLESS. If my back did this that’s exactly how I would stand all the time.

  • sienna elm

    LOVE that necklace!!!

  • Cathy S

    Man, dat ass. I think she looks incredible. I wish she’d take off a couple of cuffs, but that’s a quibble.

  • colorjunky

    Is that bum (cockney for tush) for real?

  • Town

    Nicki is a pretty girl, and she doesn’t need all of that crazy wigs and makeup.

  • I know you’ll call me nuts, but I think this is a WERQ.

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  • shamarone

    OH HELL YES…!!!

    she can go and ahead toss all them wigs and bubble gum Barbie costumes in the bin. no wait, SET ALL THAT SHIT ON FIRE…!!! if I were to never see them again, it’d be too soon. love the classy look from head to toe, even all the Wonder Woman bracelets.

    oh and there’s something else I’ve noticed, she’s managed to refrain from scaring up the visible areas of her skin with 8 million ridiculous tatts like some other gorgeous women have (you know who you are). well done. there’s one on her arm but we can live with that. dare I say, someone she respects has been in her ear about it from the very beginning telling her not to get crazy.


    ’cause there’s going to come a day when you’ll want to step out on some “First Lady” swag in the Simple Black Dress.