How to Make a Nicki Minaj Costume: Creating that Rapper Barbie Look

by |June 9, 2011

Do you want to make a statement on Halloween night? Do you want to be seen, talked about and envied for your confidence and style? A Nicki Minaj costume would be the perfect choice. There is nothing subtle about the self-nicknamed Harajuku Barbie. Nicki loves having fun and looking great while doing so and you can, too, with the right outfit choices.

Here are some tips for how to make a Nicki Minaj Halloween costume, (and how to get some hearts beating like that super bass):

Step-by-Step Guide


It seems like Nicki has completely different hair every time she makes an appearance – long, short, pink, blonde, curly, straight, bright blue or, really, any combination of any of these. This makes for a fun Halloween costume, but how do you narrow it down to just one style? If you don’t want to completely change your hair-do for the night, try a wig. Pretty much anything could work for her costume and you shouldn’t worry about picking something that you think might not “be Nicki” – chances are, if she hasn’t already had the style, she will soon. This sexy and fun pink wig is totally Nicki, but any of these wigs would do the trick.


Colorful Wigs With Bangs

Turquoise Bob / Pink Bob / Green Bob / Pink Wig



As crazy as Nicki’s hair is, her make-up is usually suited to match. Vibrant eye-shadow, dramatic eyeliner and lashes, and, of course, Barbie pink lipstick are all trademarks of Nicki’s look. Promise Tamang Phan has a great step-by-step video showing you exactly how to achieve the look from the video for “Check It Out.” Nicki also loves matching her whole outfit together. Wearing a green wig? Then go all out and add some eyelashes and fake nails, too. Nothing is too nuts, so just have fun.



Nicki Minaj is not afraid to show off her body, and she is almost up to a Lady Gaga level of outrageous outfits. She still always finds her way back to one of her standards, though: skin tight, black leather. A Catwoman costume fits Nicki’s style perfectly – long, form-fitting pants, with a strappy and revealing top. Don’t want to show so much skin? You can always modify a t-shirt by cutting off the sleeves and collar for a more edgy look.


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Catwoman Costumes

Hopefully these suggestions will help you put together the a great Nicki Minaj costume. If you aren’t feeling so adventurous, though, you could take a tip from Nicki herself and go with a more traditional Halloween costume.


nicki minaj wonder woman

Wonder Woman Costumes

Images from: Billboard, Getty Images, and Metro Lyrics.
MaDonna Flowers
MaDonna Flowers

MaDonna is a Brand Specialist at and has dressed up as a cat well over a dozen times in her life for the holiday. Last year, she dressed as her favorite skeleton, Jaunty.

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