Nicki Minaj in Allure Magazine 2012

With her new album Pink Friday: Roman Reloaded set to be released on April 3rd, Nicki Minaj garnered a little added attention by nabbing the cover of the April 2012 issue of Allure.

Set to hit newsstands on March 20th, the 29-year-old “Roman in Moscow” hitmaker added her usual colorful ways to the Michael Thompson shot spread by donning a range of orange and pink wigs while dishing about everything from her passion for hair at a young age to a conversation she had with Jay-Z at the Victoria’s Secret show about world domination.

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Highlights from Miss Minaj’s interview are as follows. For more, be sure to pay a visit to Allure! Read Some Below. Just click more.

On her chat with Jay-Z about world domination:
“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. 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.'”

On being fascinated with her hair when she was 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. I always thought I had an eye for that stuff.”

On her philosophy that hair allowed you to reinvent yourself:
“I had done something I thought was really, really, really cute, and I showed my neighbor. She was like, ‘Why’d you do that to your hair?’ And I never forget what I said: ‘I’m someone new in this hair.'”

On how she was able to land an audience of insanely devoted eight-year-olds:
“I think as far as the younger demo is concerned, I play dress-up. I also can put on a very cartoonish voice. So sometimes children may not know what I’m saying, but they like the sound of it, and they think I sound like some weird character.”

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Onika Tanya Maraj-Petty (born December 8, 1982), known professionally as Nicki Minaj is a Trinidadian-born American rapper, singer, and songwriter.
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