Nick Minaj's low-key makeover is the result of 'more confidence'

Nicki Minaj has swapped in her colourful wigs and outrageous fashions for a more subdued look.

The 31-year-old rapper wowed at the Fashion Rocks concert on Tuesday (Sept.9), sporting her natural, dark hair in a chic ‘updo and an Audrey Hepburn-inspired cat eye. At the event, Nicki told reporters that her pared-down beauty look is the result of having more confidence.

“I kind of feel now that I look more like my regular old self, like what I look like when I’m at home,” she she said, “I think there’s just a little bit more confidence and so I’m like, ‘It is what it is. I am who I am. I look like what I look like.’ I don’t really have to change much of it anymore.”

To go with her chic, sophisticated makeup palette, the star wore a black blazer paired with a pencil skirt.

“I just thought it was really, really sexy, but without being tight,” she said of her ensemble. “I thought it was different for me.”

Later in the evening, Nicki took to the stage in a much racier outfit – miniature jean shorts and a bejewelled bra — to perform her hit single, "Anaconda."

The star’s style transformation has been underway for several months now. In April, Nicki hired a new hairstylist, Oscar James, who opened up to Cosmopolitan about the emcee's decision to change things up.

“She just told me that she wanted to tone down a little. Maybe she's trying to reach a broader audience, I don’t know. But I’m taken aback even myself because she's so pretty… You can really see her features. I'm just so honoured to be part of this journey and I’m so happy that she chose me. She’s so beautiful. I didn’t know all that was underneath is what I’m trying to say,” he said.

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