Nicki Minaj loves her fans a.k.a. "Barbz," but she's more ballerina than Barbie on her new Teen Vogue cover.
The American Idol judge fronts the June/July issue of the magazine wearing a pale blue tutu and embroidered bodysuit. Inside the glossy, Nicki poses in more technicolor looks including a crop top paired with a skirt and platforms.
Nicki also opens up about her eccentric style. She admits that the confidence she gained as a teen is why she is able to pull off her over-the-top looks. "Every time my parents fought, my mother would have us move and I would have to go to a new school, which meant I'd have to face the task of making new friends," Nicki explains. "I dreaded it. I had butterflies in my stomach each time: Are people going to like or hate me? Will they talk about me?"
And it turns out, often times, her classmates would bully her -- but even back then she didn't let the haters bother her. "I encountered jealous girls a lot -- it wasn't like I had nice clothes, so they couldn't be envious of that, but they were like, 'You shouldn't be that confident,'" she explains.
For more with Nicki, pick up the new issue of Teen Vogue on newsstands May 21.
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Photos courtesy of Teen Vogue.