07/08/2014 10:00 am ET | Updated Jul 09, 2014

Nicki Minaj Launches New Fragrance And Tells Us How She Stays So Fly


Nicki Minaj may have ditched her wild wigs, bold makeup and over-the-top attire for a more toned down look, but that doesn't mean she's any less fierce.

The rapper and actress can still turn heads. She's making her mark on the silver screen and she's gearing up to launch her newest fragrance, Minajesty Exotic Edition, July 11 during a live appearance on HSN.

Before she hits the small screen, we got the opportunity to fire off a few questions to Ms. Minaj. We asked about her latest beauty venture, what inspires her personal style, how to take the perfect selfie, what we'd find in her handbag and so much more.

Check it out...

We are excited for your new fragrance launch. Can you give fans tips on how and when to best wear the fragrance?
This fragrance inspires women to feel exotic, flirtatious and glamorous. EXOTIC represents the outrageous experience of trying something new. FLIRTATIOUS represents a girl’s bright and breezy readiness to flirt when she knows she’s cute and stylish, and GLAMOROUS is the positive and fearless commitment to herself.

The best time to wear this fragrance is all the time, or whenever you want to smile and have fun! I hope my fans will spray on the fragrance and see it as a magical potion -- freeing them with confidence from inside.

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What's your hair secret? How do you keep it so long and healthy?
I have a wonderful Dominican hair stylist who always comes to my home on a regular basis to treat my hair even when I was wearing wigs. We try to keep it trimmed and moisturized.

What are your makeup must-haves?
Liner and lip-gloss.

Do you admire a specific designer, if so, who?
I tend to love all things Alexander McQueen. It just always fits my body well.

How do you stay in shape while on the road?
I try to watch what I eat but I honestly am not always successful. Eating lean and trying to stay away from a lot of snacking. That's a huge task for me because I generally don't eat big portions of food at once.

Who do you look to for inspiration for your outfits/makeup?
I'm always exposed to fashion and makeup on social media, in magazines and on television. I generally like to do what makes me feel sexy without making me feel uncomfortable.

What's the best way to take a selfie?
Never hold the camera too low or too close.

How does your music influence your sense of style?
If I'm performing a song, of course I'll try to stay in theme with the record. But in general, it isn't something I think about.

If we were to look inside your handbag, what would we find?
Turkey Pepperonis, my new perfume, jewelry scattered about, water, keys.

This interview was conducted via email.

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