Nicki Minaj Reveals Why She Decided to Get a Breast Reduction

Nicki Minaj recently opened up about loving her body more than ever, sharing, "Today I can say that I'm at peace with who I am and how I look."

By Alyssa Morin Nov 09, 2023 9:42 PMTags
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When it comes to Nicki Minaj's appearance, she doesn't need to wish to for another moment 4 life.

The "Super Bass" rapper shared insight into her newfound beauty philosophy and revealed why she decided to go under the knife.

"Recently I had to get a breast reduction," she told Vogue in a cover story published Nov. 9, "and actually I love it. I used to want a bigger butt, and now I look back and realize how silly that was."

And in true Nicki fashion, she offered words of encouragement to her fans who are struggling to accept themselves. "Love your curves, and love your non-curves," the 40-year-old said. "There's nothing wrong with any of it."

While the musician noted that her road to self-love has also been a journey, she's embracing the skin she's in.

"Today I can say that I'm at peace with who I am and how I look," Nicki explained. "I'm not in favor of body positivity if it means unhealthy bodies. That's bull. It's not believable, so let's stop pretending."

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Nicki Minaj Through the Years

As for what inspired Nicki's new mindset? She reveals her 3-year-old son, who she shares with husband Kenneth Petty, has made her want to live a healthier lifestyle.

"I have to say this as a Black woman, though," the "Barbie World" rapper explained. "I've made certain choices for my son, to not give him sweets and candy and juices, because of illnesses like diabetes that run in our community."

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And while Nicki has made positive changes to her lifestyle thanks to her baby boy—who she affectionately calls Papa Bear—she previously shared the challenges of being a mom.

"I'm very attached to my son," she exclusively told E! News' Justin Sylvester last October. "I remember being in the U.K. and just bawling. And when I try to FaceTime him, I get more sad."

Nicki also explained how motherhood has impacted her mental health.

"I think moms feel like they have to be perfect," she noted. "I hate that I have more anxiety now because you're like, 'What if the one time I leave my child, I get that phone call?'"

Despite having fear and anxiety, Nicki revealed she would like to expand her family.

"I do want to have more," she said of having more children. "Not at this moment, but I don't want to deprive my son of siblings. Having siblings, it causes you to have problem management skills early on in life. I would feel guilty if I didn't give Papa Bear another sibling or two."

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Of course, Nicki isn't the only celebrity to open up about going under the knife. Keep reading to see other stars share their plastic surgery procedures.

Alabama Barker

Travis Barker and ex Shanna Moakler's daughter has been open about her use of lip fillers but denies having cosmetic surgery.

In February 2024, she shared photos of herself wearing a bikini on Instagram, to which a user commented, "This child has done alot of cosmetic surgery @ a very young age, I hope she doesn't over do it! She looks good now!"

The 18-year-old responded, "I really appreciate the love! I'm natural, besides my lips, accept the fact I'm naturally beautiful."

Martha Stewart

After years of denying cosmetic procedures, the lifestyle expert recently confessed in the Feb. 8 episode of her eponymous podcast that she gets Botox, fillers and lasers to tighten her skin. "I don't think a lot about age," she explained, "but I don't want to look my age."

Tori Spelling

The Beverly Hills, 90210 star has spoken publicly about her nose job and her breast implants.

Sharon Osbourne

In addition to getting candid on using Ozempic for weight loss, the talk show host admitted that her 2021 facelift was "the worst thing that I ever did," explaining in December 2023, "I looked like Cyclops."

Lady Gaga

"I've never had any work-work done, but I went through a phase when I was smoking pot when I was really obsessed with getting facial injections," the "Born This Way" singer told radio host Howard Stern in 2013. "I was going to this strip mall in Chicago in the back…Everybody was like, 'You are a nut job.'...I'm telling you, I wasn't exactly in the best frame of mind, and I would smoke a bunch of joints and have some drinks and I would be like, 'Oh, let's go see my girl' and we would drive to this strip mall and I would get shot up with a bunch of whatever, Juvéderm, and then leave."

She continued, "Now all the stuff is gone. Before I shot the 'Applause' video, [a photographer friend] was like, 'Gaga, I love you but if you don't stop injecting s--t in your face I'm going to just kill you.'"

Bethenny Frankel

The Real Housewives of New York star got breast implants in 2005, but removed them in 2008.

"Now I feel comfortable," she told Life & Style. "If there's something you're not comfortable with and you can correct it, great."

Julie Chen

In 2013, The Talk co-host revealed on the show that she got plastic surgery at the beginning of her career in order to make her eyes look bigger.

"And after I had it done, the ball did roll for me," she said. "And I wondered, did I give in to the man?"

She added, "I have to live with every decision that I've made. And it got me to where we are today. And I'm not going to look back."

Jamie Lee Curtis

"I've done it all," the actress told The Telegraph in 2002. "I've had a little plastic surgery. I've had a little lipo. I've had a little Botox. And you know what? None of it works. None of it."

Jennifer Aniston

"I had [a deviated septum] fixed–best thing I ever did," the actress told People in 2007. "I slept like a baby for the first time in years. As far as all the other [rumors], as boring as it sounds, it's still mine. All of it. Still mine."

NeNe Leakes

In 2010, the Real Housewives of Atlanta star revealed that she had had a nose job, a breast lift and liposuction.

"I'm very comfortable and confident in myself," she told People. "I just wanted a tune up."

Kim Zolciak

In 2015, the reality star called Dr. Lenny Hochstein her "boob God" doctor for giving her perky breasts. Of course, the reality TV personality has been an open book about her other procedures, including a tummy tuck and lip injections.

Lisa Rinna

The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills star had her lips injected with silicone at age 24. In 2010, she had some of the filler removed.

"I find it so interesting that it's become such a big thing because I can't tell you how many girls have done their lips. I feel like I'm a pioneer," she said on Today in 2013. "I was one of the first ones to ever do it and be honest about it."She also said, "I would do it again. I never had a career before I had the lips so my lips have had their own career!"

Heidi Montag

In 2009, at just 23 years old, the Hills star underwent a head-to-toe transformation, having 10 cosmetic procedures done in one day. In addition to Botox, chin reductions and a nose job, the reality star also got fat injections in her lips.

Iggy Azalea

The Aussie rapper said in the April 2015 issue of Vogue magazine that she got breast implants. "I did change something: Four months ago, I got bigger boobs! I'd thought about it my entire life," she revealed. 

Tyra Banks

In her memoir, Perfect Is Boring, the supermodel revealed that she went under the knife early in her career. "I had bones in my nose that were growing and itching," she wrote in her book. "I could breathe fine, but I added cosmetic surgery. I admit it! Fake hair, and I did my nose." 

Kim Kardashian

"I really, genuinely care about looking good," the SKKN founder told Allure for its August 2022 issue. "I probably care more than 90 percent of the people on this planet. It's not easy when you're a mom and you're exhausted at the end of the day or you're in school, and I'm all of the above. I do my beauty treatments usually late at night. After everyone's in bed, I'm doing laser treatments."

Kim revealed she's also gotten "a little bit of Botox," but hasn't dabbled with filler on her lips or cheeks, revealing, "No filler. Never filled either one, ever."

Kristin Cavallari

During an Instagram Stories Q&A on Aug. 23, the reality TV star didn't shy away from answering a fan's question about her boobs. "Gonna keep it real with y'all," Kristin began her response. "Got a lift after breast feeding all 3 kids."

While The Hills alum isn't opposed to cosmetic procedures, she admitted she's "never done" Botox.

"It's not for me. But I've seen it look amazing on some people," she wrote. "My concern is that we don't know the long term effects of it (and I don't mean 5-10 years, I mean like 20 years) and I think your face is muscle, so we need to work it out the same way we would any other muscle."

John Stamos

In his new memoir, If You Would Have Told Me, John opened up about feeling insecure with his appearance, which led him to get two nose jobs. "That nose," he wrote. "It bothers me."

"My nose looks kind of pushed up like Peter Pan or something," he shared of the initial procedure. "So on my next hiatus, I have it redone by Michael Jackson's plastic surgeon."

Sia

The singer recently revealed she got a facelift.

"I'm a pop star that normally hides my face and doesn't lie about s--t," she said at the 5th annual Daytime Beauty Awards in Los Angeles on Oct. 1.. "I got an amazing face lift from Dr. Ben Talei. He is incredible. And he is doing so much good work—and not just for the pop stars of the world."

Nicki Minaj

The rapper revealed she recent went under the knife. "I had to get a breast reduction," she told Vogue in a cover story published Nov. 9, "and actually I love it. I used to want a bigger butt, and now I look back and realize how silly that was."

Vanessa Williams

Vanessa recently shared the cosmetic treatments she gets, telling Page Six, "I'm due for Botox. I don't do filler and I have so much full movement that there is no Botox at all."

When asked if she's thought about going under the knife, she replied, "That would be the one thing that I would probably put off for the very last thing. The technology now for lifting, sculpting, tightening, is incredible. And there's a machine for anything. I just got a microcurrent thing for your neck, it was called Forma and it's like a total package facial."

 

Kim Cattrall

The Sex and the City alum opened up about why she receives cosmetic injectables. 

"I'm in my 60s now and I'm all about battling aging in every way I can," Kim told The Sunday Times in an interview published June 4. "There are fillers, Botox, there's so many different things that you can investigate and try and see if it's for you. It's not just a vanity thing."

 

Blac Chyna

The reality star underwent several cosmetic procedures over the years. In March 2023, she underwent breast and butt reduction surgery and got her facial fillers dissolved. The following May, as she celebrated her 35th birthday, she reflected on her previous look on Instagram, saying in a video, "I was looking at old pictures, you guys. That face was looking crazy."

Genevieve Padalecki

In April 2023, The actress, wife of Supernatural alum Jared Padalecki, revealed on Kimberly Van Der Beek and Peggy Rometo's podcast Bathroom Chronicles that she got a breast augmentation a year and a half prior and then had her implants removed after she found she could not exercise as long as she used to and felt joint pain.

Kathy Griffin

The comedian revealed that tattooed her lips and documented the behind-the-scenes experience of getting her desired color and shape.

"I didn't know it would be that bad," Kathy told People about the swelling on Aug. 28. "I could not stop laughing even though it was painful to laugh for about four days."

Alix Earle

The TikTok star has been open about her January 2022 breast augmentation. In a January 2023 TikTok video, she celebrated her "boob-aversary" and reminisced about her decision to undergo the plastic surgery and share her experience with her followers. She said she used money she had earned working as well as her "childhood savings" to pay for the procedure.

"And that was probably meant to go toward something a little bit more important," she said, "but I thought that this was important."

Anitta

The superstar opened up about going under the knife, telling WSJ. Magazine for its November 2022 issue, "It's nothing to do with me not being happy with myself. For me, it's like changing my hair."

According to Anitta, she's gotten a nose job, jaw-shaping procedures and breast augmentations.

"Even if it's not good or the way I expected," she added, "I still like the process. I like the adrenaline."

Joe Jonas

The DNCE frontman told Allure on Aug. 16 that he's gotten injectables and first received the beauty treatment "when I noticed I was starting to see more frown lines," adding that results gave him the "confidence boost that I was looking for."

"Looking your best comes from feeling your best," he said. "I make it a point to prioritize practices and routines that make me feel like the best version of myself."

Courteney Cox

"There was a time when you go, ‘Oh, I'm changing. I'm looking older.' And I tried to chase that [youthfulness] for years," she told The Sunday Times in February 2022. "And I didn't realize that, oh s--t, I'm actually looking really strange with injections and doing stuff to my face that I would never do now."

She added, "There was a period where I went, 'I've got to stop. That's just crazy.'"

Clare Crawley

In July 2021, the Bachelorette star underwent explant surgery to remove her breast implants, citing health reasons.

"As much as I love my implants, my body is fighting them and recognizes it as something obviously foreign in my body," she said in an Instagram video. "As much as I loved having these, this is so important to me that I love my health more. I love my well-being more. That's what matters."

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