‘I Was Just Fine the Way I Was’  – Ericatement

Nicki Minaj attends the World Premiere Of “Barbie” on July 09, 2023 in Los Angeles, California.
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If Nicki Minaj could turn back time, she wouldn’t have gone under the knife.

The 40-year-old rapper reflected on her decision to get plastic surgery during the Thursday, November 9, episode of “The Run-Through With Vogue” podcast, which coincided with her November 2023 cover. 

“I guarantee you, if you change anything on your body and do anything surgical and all this, you’re going to — more than likely, not definitely, more than likely — look back one day and say, ‘I was just fine the way I was,’” Minaj  told podcast hosts Chioma Nnadi and Chloe Malle. “That’s what happened to me. I could not believe even some of the photos that I didn’t love.” 

Minaj went on to share that during the early days of her career, she didn’t “like” the way she “looked.” 

2019 Nicki Minaj Regrets Plastic Surgery

Nicki Minaj attends the 2019 Met Gala on May 6, 2019 in New York City.
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“I didn’t like being skinny, having a flat butt, you know. Having boobs that didn’t sit high enough. It was a lot of things,” Minaj explained. “And when I look back at myself now, I literally was like, ‘Oh, I’m about to look like that girl again.’” 

She continued, “The reason why I wasn’t able to look back at my old photos was I didn’t like the way I looked, right, physically.” 

Now, Minaj loves the way she used to look.

While Minaj did not explicitly share what work she’s had done, she has admitted to getting ass shots in the past. She told Nnadi and Malle that motherhood has helped her look at herself in a different way.

2009 Nicki Minaj Regrets Plastic Surgery

Nicki Minaj attends the M2 Ultra Lounge on December 26, 2009 in New York City.
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“I think pregnancy could’ve played a role because seeing my son did remind me of myself so much. My real self,” she said. “And it made me think, ‘Why didn’t I like this?’ So weird. But seeing old photos, being able to look at old photos again made me realize, ‘These old photos are beautiful.’” 


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