Nicki Minaj appears on the cover of T magazine’s “The Greats issue” in one of her simplest and most understated shoots to date. Posing with her head slightly tilted, she’s wearing a white collared shirt that’s buttoned all the way up, hoop earrings, and very neutral makeup with the exception of a deep red lipstick. For the rapper, who’s known for rocking exaggerated and head-turning looks, it’s a makeunder indeed — and people are really excited about it.
On Instagram, there was an outpouring of love for Minaj’s effortlessly chic new cover look. Many people shared compliments such as “glow up queen” and “wow this is one the best pictures I’ve seen of her because she looks real and not plastic and overly made up,” expressing amazement at her newfound “rather chill” style.
While Minaj’s look continually evolves, there have also been others who’ve done total 180s and toned down their looks. From Kim Kardashian to Taylor Swift, these seven women prove that less can be more.
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Throwback Nicki Minaj loved pink wigs, flashy jewelry, and plunging necklines. Her latest look for T magazine is the total opposite of that. (Photo: Getty Images)
Lady Gaga will more than likely continue to change her makeup, style, and possibly even her music, but many enjoy seeing a toned-down version of it all every now and again. (Photo: Getty Images)
Kim Kardashian has been coined the “Queen of the Contour” in past years, but now you can catch her occasionally showing off cleaner, no makeup-makeup looks as well as sleek, straight hair. (Photo: Getty Images)
Talk about a major revamp! Taylor Swift almost looks like a brand-new person these days. Short hair, don’t care! (Photo: Getty Images)
One thing is for sure: Gwen Stefani loves the color pink. But she also hasn’t been afraid to switch things up over the years and go for a pop of pink lipstick rather than a full head of the hue. (Photo: Getty Images)
Katie Holmes previously showed off an edgy cropped haircut and smoky eye makeup, but her side-parted lob-length waves and subtle makeup give her a fresh and youthful look. (Photo: Getty Images)
Kesha is no stranger to having a little (or a lot of) fun with her makeup and hair looks, but there are many times when she’ll just go for a pair of killer lashes and prairie braids — an everyday look that many people can appreciate. (Photo: Getty Images)