By Bronwyn Barnes
Updated March 14, 2013 at 08:43 PM EDT
Nicki Minaj Makeover
Credit: Imeh Akpanudosen/Getty Images; Courtesy of ELLE

When it comes to fashion, Nicki Minaj isn’t exactly known for being demure — heck, the woman plays dress-up with her perfume bottles. So it’s understandable that the American Idol judge found the idea of submitting to a makeunder before being photographed for the cover of a major fashion magazine more than a little daunting.

“To go in front of the camera, without pink lips or big ol’ crazy lashes — you know, nothing — I felt naked,” Minaj says of toning down her hair and makeup for the April issue of Elle. “It was scary!”

Though Minaj, who, according to reports, recently fired her hairdresser, stylist and makeup artist, had already begun toning down her look, the singer found it particularly hard to give up her signature beauty product for the Elle experiment. “I’m so, so attached to my pink lipstick, it’s hard,” she said of trying out a nude lip instead of her usual bright pink pout.

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