Nicki Minaj’s Hairstyles Have Come A Mighty Long Way

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When Nicki Minaj came on the scene she was known for her eccentric style. The rapper would switch between platinum blond bobs and ornate multi-colored wigs on a nearly daily basis, and her outfits were just as loud outrageous. But over time, Nicki’s style has become more refined and at 35 she seems to have finally come into her own.

In honor of her birthday today — and those floor-length pink braids she debuted in the Motorsport music video — we’re taking a look back at Nicki’s most talked about hair looks (and the ones we’re grateful we don’t have to see again.)

LOS ANGELES, CA – NOVEMBER 18: Nikki Minaj attends GQ “Men Of The Year” Party at Chateau Marmont on November 18, 2009 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by ANDREAS BRANCH/Patrick McMullan via Getty Images)

NEW YORK – MARCH 31: Nicki Minaj visits BET’s “106 & Park” at BET Studios on March 31, 2010 in New York City. (Photo by Johnny Nunez/WireImage)

NEW YORK – NOVEMBER 23: EXCLUSIVE COVERAGE Nicki Minaj attends MAC + Nicki Minaj launch of Pink Friday Lipstick at MAC Times Square on November 23, 2010 in New York City. (Photo by Jamie McCarthy/WireImage for MAC Cosmetics)

Singer Nicki Minaj poses during “VH1 Divas Salute the Troops” presented by the USO at the MCAS Miramar on December 3, 2010 in Miramar, California. “VH1 Divas Salute the Troops” concert event will be televised on Sunday, December 5 at 9:00 PM ET/PT on VH1.

NEW YORK, NY – APRIL 07: Nicki Minaj attends the launch of the Casio New TRYX digital camera at Best Buy Theater on April 7, 2011 in New York City. (Photo by Kevin Mazur/WireImage for Casio)

LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM – JANUARY 20: Nicki Minaj is seen arriving at the BBC radio 1 studios on January 20, 2011 in London, United Kingdom. (Photo by Bauer-Griffin/GC Images)

UNIVERSAL CITY, CA – JUNE 05: Recording artist Nicki Minaj poses in the press room at the 2011 MTV Movie Awards at Gibson Amphitheatre on June 5, 2011 in Universal City, California. (Photo by Jon Kopaloff/FilmMagic)

Nicki Minaj arrives at the 2011 Billboard Music Awards held at MGM Grand Garden Arena on May 22, 2011 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Michael Tran/FilmMagic)

NARITA, JAPAN – MARCH 20: Singer Nicki Minaj arrives at Narita International Airport on March 20, 2012 in Narita, Japan. (Photo by Jun Sato/WireImage)

Nicki Minaj Hosts “Super Bass” At Luxy Nightclub on August 14, 2011 in Toronto, Canada.

LOS ANGELES, CA – NOVEMBER 18: Singer Nicki Minaj arrives at the 40th Anniversary American Music Awards at Nokia Theatre L.A. Live on November 18, 2012 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Gregg DeGuire/WireImage)

WEST HOLLYWOOD, CA – FEBRUARY 24: Nicki Minaj arrives at the 21st Annual Elton John AIDS Foundation Academy Awards viewing party held at West Hollywood Park on February 24, 2013 in West Hollywood, California. (Photo by Michael Tran/FilmMagic)

LOS ANGELES, CA – NOVEMBER 23: Nicki Minaj arrives at the 2014 American Music Awards at Nokia Theatre L.A. Live on November 23, 2014 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Jon Kopaloff/FilmMagic)

Singer Nicki Minaj arrives the 2014 Billboard Music Awards held at the MGM Grand Garden Arena. (Photo by Frank Trapper/Corbis via Getty Images)

NEW YORK, NY – AUGUST 28: Nicki Minaj attends the 2016 MTV Video Music Awards at Madison Square Garden on August 28, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Jamie McCarthy/Getty Images)

CAP D’ANTIBES, FRANCE – MAY 25: Nicki Minaj attends the amfAR Gala Cannes 2017 at Hotel du Cap-Eden-Roc on May 25, 2017 in Cap d’Antibes, France. (Photo by George Pimentel/WireImage for amfAR )

INGLEWOOD, CA – AUGUST 27: Nicki Minaj arrive at the 2017 MTV Video Music Awards at The Forum on August 27, 2017 in Inglewood, California. (Photo by Steve Granitz/WireImage)

THE BROOKLYN BOROUGH OF NEW YORK CITY, NY – NOVEMBER 06: Rapper Nicki Minaj attends the 14th Annual CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund Awards at Weylin B. Seymour’s on November 6, 2017 in the Brooklyn borough of New York City, New York. (Photo by Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images)

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