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Nicki Minaj is Elle’s April 2013 Cover Girl (Photo Gallery)

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Nicki Minaj in Elle

Nicki Minaj took time out from her “American Idol” judging duties to pose for the cover of Elle magazine.

The rapper spoke openly about being bullied as a child. She explained, “I went through a lot of bullying early on. Girls made my life a living hell. We had come to America from a different country. My brother and I had accents. It was very tough. So I’ve always put up this wall – it was a self-defense mechanism growing up – because I was almost expecting people to attack me. And I still have it. It’s sad.”

Minaj also addressed her feelings about her Elle photo shoot “make-under.” “When I saw myself with barely any makeup at, 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.”

She then went on to explain her future plans. “My goal in the beginning was to buy my mother a house. Now I realize, Okay, if I really focus and become a key player in business, then I can build an empire. I’m thinking of a legacy that I can be proud of and wealth that my grandchildren can use to go to college. So world domination- in terms of providing for my family – is absolutely my goal.”

Read more in the April 2013 issue of Elle.

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