Nicki Minaj is just as well known for her red carpet costumery as she is for her kaleidoscope collection of wigs.
So it was about time Allure (aka the monthly authority on all things beauty) caught up with Minaj, who covers their April issue, to pick her colorfully-covered brain on what inspires her statement-making hair, makeup and career choices.
In the feature, the "Super Bass" rapper reveals that her love for over-the-top hairstyles started at the tender age of nine.
"I was doing every- and anything to it—putting in wads of gel and brushing it to the next century, and just thinking I was so cute," MInaj told Allure. "I always thought I had an eye for that stuff."
Well, those big beauty ideas have definitely caught the World's eye.
Speaking of big--Terrence Davidson, MInaj's wig man, spend two days creating the Marie Antoinette-meets-cotton candy masterpiece the 29-year-old superstar rocks on the April cover.
With all Minaj's hair and clothing theatrics we often forget that her day job is rapping not modeling. But as Minaj tells Allure that is all part of her master plan toward mogul-dom, which includes dethroning the King, Jay-Z:
"I never thought about music as just being the end-all, be-all. I always looked at it like a business, something that I could create an empire out of. So that’s why I’m only about to put out my second album and I’m already thinking about this," Minaj tells Allure. "I had a little conversation with Jay-Z at the Victoria's Secret fashion show. He said, ‘Congratulations on all your success.’ And I was like, 'Yeah, I'm coming for you. I’m coming for your spot, Mr. Mogul.'"
We believe her. Minaj's dreams are bigger and more vivid then her hair!
For Allure's full feature on Minaj, pick up the April issue which hits newsstands March 20.
In the meantime, take a look at the April cover below and our top 10 favorite magazine covers from the colorful performer.