Nicki Minaj Names Her Style Icons

The rapper also shares her beauty and hair care regimen.

Posted: 03/21/2013 11:29 AM EDT
Nicki Minaj

Nicki Minaj's eccentric style is eye-popping to say the least, so when she shared her fashion icons in her interview with Hello! magazine, we were curious to find out who inspired the rapper's colorful look.

"Cyndi Lauper because she is the first person who used color in a way that made me feel excited. She used it on her face and hair, her clothes, her accessories. She would put different colored shapes and cut outs in her hair, and that made me want to explore the world. I remember thinking, 'I want to get to that part of the word where people dress like that and act like that.' And of course I am obsessed with Marilyn Monroe, and for high fashion Naomi Campbell, Iman and Grace Jones. All of the pictures I would see for references for my early photo shoots were of Grace Jones and I got to meet her about two years ago in Hong Kong, and that was a really great experience for me."

Minaj also shared her beauty regimen, which includes drinking lots of water, slathering up in cocoa butter, and avoiding oil and alcohol in her skincare products. And although she admits to not being as into fitness as she should be, she says the touring is a workout on its own and that if she has to prep her body for an appearance, she'd rather watch her diet than hit the gym.

Nicki Minaj

(Photo: Twitter via NICKIMINAJ)

As for her haircare, Minaj has tweeted sneak peeks of what her natural hair looks like under her wigs and it's pretty long. In her interview, she revealed what's been keeping her locks growing strong.

"I do a wash and set, I go to a Dominican hairstylist who uses a lot of hot oil treatments and I use really moisturizing Mizani shampoos and masks."


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