Wed, Apr 22, 2015 at 4:24 PM
Nicki Minaj on Her Recent "Less is Definitely...
It's been happening for a while, but the Nicki Minaj makeunder seems like it's here to stay.
We saw her at New York fashion week wearing what seems to be her new (and relatively subdued) uniform: platinum blond hair, inky dark lashes, and a sleek black dress of sorts. While the cheetah-print hair and green wigs were fun, we'll admit that we're on board with this decidedly more grown-up look.
We emailed recently with the singer, who just launched her second fragrance Minajesty, about her style evolution, back-in-the-day scent memories, and what she really thought about all those wacky hair moments:
GLAMOUR: How does this scent differ from your first blend?
NICKI MINAJ: They're both keepers, but this one is less playful, more sexy.
GLAMOUR: What was your first fragrance memory?
NICKI MINAJ: My mother used to wear Acapella in the '80s, so that would always remind me of her. She sold Mary Kay and Avon for a short time. I used to wear Imari as a kid.
GLAMOUR: What's your perfume applying process?
NICKI MINAJ: Right after the shower, I spray it all over. When I put on clothes, I spray it all over again.
GLAMOUR: What's a fragrance DON'T in your book?
NICKI MINAJ: Wearing something because you think someone else likes it. Fragrance should make you feel happy.
GLAMOUR:: Your hair and makeup look has evolved recently. Can you explain the shift to this pared-down look?
NICKI MINAJ: I just wanted to tone down, and I met the man who changed my life--[hairstylist] Oscar James. He was recommended to me by the beautiful Tyra Banks. He really understands hair. Hair doesn't have to be over-processed and fried, even when you apply color. I've never been happier. With makeup, I started using more natural tones. I never thought I'd love nude lipstick, but I really do. I just feel sexier. Less is definitely more.
GLAMOUR: You grew up in New York City. Who inspired your hair and makeup looks when you were in high school? Who are your beauty icons today?
NICKI MINAJ: I think my friends and I were influenced by Monica, TLC, Aaliyah. I think we all cut our hair in the front like Monica and T-Boz and started getting blond streaks. Today, I just do what I feel.
GLAMOUR: What was your most regrettable hair look?
NICKI MINAJ: How much time do you have? Haha! We'd be here all night.