I really love the fact that ELLE decided to showcase a toned down version of Nicki Minaj. She is very pretty and even prettier with less makeup. I think it is sad that she said “I felt naked” when referring to not wearing her normal pink lips or lashes. That to me says, she is not comfortable in her own skin. You can tell this is the case, not just from the comment but also the fact that she wears revealing outfits a lot.
A woman who is comfortable with herself knows she doesn’t have to reveal anything to attract attention. *Note to women in general* Your talent should speak volumes not your body parts. Women who have no substance have to resort to getting naked to get noticed. Respecting yourself will get you noticed no matter what lies the media tries to sell you. Check out snippets of what she had to say about being bullied as a child, dramatic make-under for her ELLE photo shoot, and more:
Her advice for women on how to command respect: “My advice to women in general: Even if you’re doing a nine-to-five job, treat yourself like a boss. Not arrogant, but be sure of what you want— and don’t allow people to run anything for you without your knowledge. You want everyone to know, Okay, I can’t play games with her. I have to do right by this woman. That’s what it’s 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. I’m 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.”
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 I’ve 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. It’s sad.”
On her dramatic make-under for her ELLE photo shoot: “When I saw myself with barely any makeup at, it was such a… like, I’m so, so attached to my pink lipstick, it’s hard. I feel that it’s 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.”