Nicki Minaj is a very multi-faceted artist, to say the least. Underneath every layer, there's another alter-ego dressed in a crazy costume, just waiting to escape. And although Nicki's toned down her look in the past year -- she's gone easy on the colorful wigs, and resorted to more haute couture options -- her archives still provide plenty of inspiration for Halloween.
From performance outfits, to red carpet wear, and even some looks straight from music videos, here are 13 Nicki-inspired options for playing dress up this year.
During her 2010 pre-show performance with Will.I.Am at the MTV VMAs, Nicki was literally outta this world. Get your hands on a shiny metallic suit in two contrasting colors, and you're well on your way to nailing this one.
Nicki left us speechless when she walked the red carpet at the 2012 Grammys dressed like a member of the clergy, with a faux pope at her side, to get ready for Roman Zolanski's live exorcism. I'd suggest leaving the pope at home though.
Are those gold ribs? If you're into anatomy, this might be a good option to show off your skeleton a little. Who says bones need to be white? Try a little gold with a fun color palette underneath.
The Leopard Look
Nicki loves the leopard look -- remember the pink spotted leopard from her "Super Bass" video? -- but she never does it the same way twice. Spice up your animal print with a little something extra on top.
Leopard On Another Level
See what I mean? This time she added an extra layer of fabric and switched up the wig, for a whole new spin on the leopard look.
Whatever you say, captain! Nicki rocked this look during Lil Wayne's "I Am Still Music" tour back in 2011, and if you're feeling bossy this year -- this might be the one for you.
The Carnival Look
Depending on where you're celebrating Halloween (warmer is better), you might be able to bring a little bit of Carnival spirit to the party. The headpiece is key -- just gather some colorful feathers to create your crowning piece, and make sure the rest of the outfit sparkles like there's no tomorrow.
A Pink Fairy
If you're into the laid back Halloween costumes, you can pull off this all-pink fairy look without too much trouble. Just make sure to throw in that splash of green on top.
The 'Everything' Costume
At the 2011 VMAs, Nicki really went for it. This costume shouldn't be too difficult to recreate. You can start by gathering all of the stuffed animals from your childhood, and attaching them to your leg.
Want to spread a peaceful message on halloween? A white bodysuit and a few colored sharpies should do the trick here.
On the more risqué end of the spectrum, there's Nicki's sexy dominatrix look from her "Only" video with Drake and Lil Wayne.
The Angel And The Devil
One of the best Nicki cameos of all time is in Kanye West's "Monster" video. Here she doubles up, when her terrifying alter-ego meets her sweeter side. Enlist a friend to tag team this one.
If you're coming up with a costume just a couple days in advance, there's always a good ol' witch, with a little extra 'tude.