Nicki Minaj should really consider following the old adage, “less is more“, more often. I haven’t seen her look this stunning ever. Without all the colorful makeup, huge eyelashes and kool-aid hair, the 30-year-old is kind of a babe. She exudes bad ass bitch on the cover of Elle’s April 2013 issue with a Tom Ford leather jacket and sandy beach hair. Even her new look took Minaj by surprise. Check out her thoughts on it.

“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.” – Nicki Minaj

Photographer Thomas Whiteside did a fantastic job of capturing Nicki’s natural beauty. The photo with her wearing a Jeremy Scott bathing suit is absolutely gorgeous. Check it out below, along with a couple more quotes from her interview with the publication, including her thoughts on world domination.

On World Domination

“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.”

On Advice To Women

“My advice to women in general: Even if you’re doing a nine-to-five job, treat yourself like a boss. Not arrogant, but be sure of what you want- and don’t allow people to run anything for you without your knowledge. You want everyone to know, Okay, I can’t play games with her. I have to do right by this woman. That’s what it’s all about.”

For more Nicki Minaj in Elle, click here.