Has Nicki Minaj finally outgrown her cotton candy wig? The rapper poses sans her signature pink wig and clownish costumes for ELLE’s April 2013 issue. The cover line promises “The American Idol diva like you’ve never seen her before,” and…. we love her new look!

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Dressed in a buckle-embellished black leather jacket by Tom Ford and exposing a bit of cleavage, Nicki sizzles on the cover without going overboard.

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When it came to stripping down her usually over the top look, Nicki admitted it was a huge step:

“When I saw myself with barely any makeup on, it was such a… like, I’m so, so attached to my pink lipstick, it’s hard. I feel that it’s become a part of me. To go in front of the camera, without pink lips or big ol’ crazy lashes- you know, nothing – I felt naked. It was scary! So this photo shoot was a real accomplishment in my eyes.”

Check out Nicki’s self-interview below:

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