Nicki Minaj’s Incredible Red Carpet Style Evolution

by Sierra Burgos

Nicki Minaj’s Incredible Red Carpet Style Evolution

Nicki’s looks have gone from freaky to fierce. We’re recapping some of her most outrageous red carpet looks from the past as well as a few of our favorite recent glam styles.





Okay Nicki, the crazy look was fun while it lasted, but WOW are we so glad you’ve moved on. Her characteristic wild makeup, mismatched outfits, and colorful wigs are all things of the past. The singer has decided to go for a more natural, sophisticated look–but it’s far from boring. Check out Nicki Minaj’s red carpet evolution, and how she got from Pink Friday to The Pinkprint.

AMAs 2010
Now this is classic Nicki Minaj if we’ve ever seen it. In 2010, Nicki sported a Manish Arora dress with what looks like a golden rib cage attached to the front. She paired the piece with a blonde-and-green, dip-dyed wig and her classic bubblegum pink pout.

VMAs 2011
There’s so much going on with this look, we don’t even know where to begin. Between the pink and yellow beehive wig, Onch Movement ice cream necklace, Amato Couture metal dress, and Shojono Tomo accessories, we have so many questions. How long did it take her to get dressed? How much did she spend on this explosion of an ensemble? How in the world did she manage to walk?!

Grammys 2011
Cruella De Vil… Is that you? We did a double-take at the 2011 Grammys when we realized that behind the poufy ‘do and head-to-toe cheetah print was our very own Nicki. The My Chick Bad rapper donned a Givenchy outfit and swore to reporters on the red carpet, “This is all my hair!”

VMAs 2012
Compared with her 2011 VMAs look, we could almost call this outfit”toned down.” Nicki channeled her inner Barbie in this skintight black-and-red jumpsuit, yellow hair, and bedazzled cap.

See: Nicki Minaj’s Hair Evolution from Crazy and Colorful to Classy

Grammys 2012
It was in 2012 that we began to see Nicki’s style softening, but this look wasn’t one of them. Not only did she dress as a nun, but she brought a man dressed as The Pope as her date. She dropped jaws a second time with an exorcism-themed performance of Roman’s Holiday on the Grammy stage.

Billboard Music Awards 2013
In 2013, Nicki Minaj once again wowed everyone, but this time, it was because she absolutely slayed the red carpet in her elegant gown and blonde locks. “I went so far to the other side that there’s only one place to go from there. You can either continue doing costumes or you can just say, ‘Hey guess what? This will shock them even more. Doing nothing will shock them even more.,'” Nicki told MTV News of her new look.

Billboard Music Awards 2014
Va-va-voom! Minaj looked absolutely stunning in this sleek black dress by Alexander McQueen. She opted for more natural black hair and simple makeup, but that didn’t take away from her fierce look.

VMAs 2014
Now this is how you do animal print. This long-sleeve leopard minidress proves just how far our girl Nicki has come since the poufy 2011 Grammys look.

AMAs 2015
Nicki Minaj nailed it at the American Music Awards last year, rocking a pale pink dress with gold accents. She glowed as she accepted her awards for best rap artist and best rap/hip-hop album for The Pinkprint.

VMAs 2015
Her Minajesty owned the VMAs red carpet in this gold LaBourjoisie gown and Zoe Chicco jewelry. Nicki told GQ, “I always thought that by the time I put out a third album, I would want to come back to natural hair and natural makeup,” talking about The Pinkprint. Her new style is still just as jaw-dropping, but in an on-fire goddess type of way. Get it, Nicki!