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In just a few years the 'Anaconda' rapper has undergone a radical transformation.
No, Nicki wasn't born wearing a wig! This rare photo of her before she was famous shows Nicki looking a little more regular than she is usually known for in the press. Picture: Instagram
This was likely taken around 2007 when the label-mates worked on 'Can't Stop Won't Stop' – a time she says inspired her when making her third mixtape, 'Beam Me Up Scotty' two years later. Picture: Instagram
In a recent interview with E Online Nicki said: "Before my first album, I used to have a natural look. Only my really underground followers knew that side of me."
In June 2010 Nicki Minaj accepted the award for the Best Female Hip Hop Artist at the BET Awards, showing off a new look - but for some fans, the only one they ever knew.
With the release of her first studio album 'Pink Friday,' Nicki was high in demand. With every performance and award ceremony, a new look came.
Nicki told HypeHair Magazine: "Colour makes me happy. It really excites me. I am a very visual person and when I look in the mirror, and I see green or I see pink, it does something to my attitude. It makes me feel positive."
Every outfit that Nicki was seen wearing, be in during a performance, video or on the red carpet, was utterly unique.
Here's Nicki Minaj stood with Beyoncé at the 2011 MTV Video Music Awards. With the release of her second studio album 'Pink Friday: Roman Reloaded,' Nicki continued to experiment with her look.
Here's Nicki accepting the rap/hip-hop favourite album award for 'Pink Friday' at the 2011 AMA's. Even when she was established, Nicki continued to explore the over-the-top look.
Nicki Minaj's stylists, Jerod McClairn and Nonja McKenzie, known as known as McClairn & McKenzie, claim: "A lot of people ask what the inspiration is, and she’s the inspiration."
When Nicki Minaj attended the 'Green Auction: A Bid to Save the Earth,' she matched her wig so well to her surrounding that she almost looked camouflage.
In the 2010 - 2012 era Nicki was almost always seen wearing a baby pink lip gloss.
Even on the red carpet Nicki Minaj - real name Onika Tanya Maraj - would go all out and her Young Money label mates Lil' Wayne and Tyga were proud to pose with her!
Nicki Minaj arrives at the Billboard Women in Music Awards at Capitale, New York City, USA on December 12, 2011.
And it was one of the last wacky outfits we'd see on Nicki for a while.
Those hot pants are case in point. But let's be realistic, it's toned down compared to the previous outfit.
Although she stuck with the wigs, when Nicki became a judge on American Idol her outfit choices started to become a little less 'out there.'
Nicki's hair stylist said: "I created that wavy, super-blonde hair with the dark roots — the wig. I created that to take her in a little more natural direction but still bold because she’s always been known for a little edge."
After going off-radar for a while Nicki shocked fans when she uploaded pictures to Instagram of herself just after a shower. With no make-up on and showing off her natural hair, it was a message that the old Nicki was back. Picture: Instagram
Some thought the 'shower selfie' was a one-off. But Nicki proved her costume days were gone when she released the video for her new song 'Lookin' - and she looks amazing. Picture: Instagram
That's when you know a change has come - The 2011 Nicki Minaj wouldn't be seen dead in this! Picture: Instagram
Including these bikini ones!
Last month Nicki attended the MTV Movie Awards wearing a sophisticated Alexander McQueen black dress, and everyone loved it. Her stylist said: "At that particular time I thought she should have a much more modern silhouette—luxurious, someone who is embracing high fashion" - certainly looks like it!
Of her new look, Nicki said; "You can either continue doing costumes or you can just say, 'Hey guess what? This will shock them even more. Doing nothing will shock them even more."
Nicki continued to showcase her new look in this revealing black dress, with cut out detailing. Picture: Getty
If you want to keep up to date with Nicki's 'Pink Print' style, then you need to get on her Instagram page.
Nicki switched things up in a big way with this turn on the cover of Vogue. Picture: Frances Cocarrozzini/L'uomo Vogue
Picture: Frances Cocarrozzini/L'uomo Vogue
She added: "Grizz said when my hair is blonde, I act "blonde". She's bak bi**h." Picture: Instagram