Nicki Minaj is an icon to many of my students, and even some of my friends. Her lyrics, while sometimes a bit jarring, are raw and powerful, and her fashion is always eye catching to say the least. Recently however Nicki has transitioned to a more toned down and sophisticated look that I find both mature and inspiring. In her own words “I kind of feel now that I look more like my regular old self, like what I look like when I’m at home.” You can read more about her decision to update her style in the article, but personally I’m really inspired by the 31 year old star. To be able to accept yourself, and promote that self acceptance to an impressionable audience is truly admirable.