An alter ego is described as a second self, which is believed to be distinct from a person's normal or original personality. Alter egos are used by numerous performing artists who use stage or screen personae both to entertain audiences and to explore new identities for themselves but usually, people who have been deprived or who haven't been able to do what they always wanted to do in life have an alter ego.
Onika Tanya Maraj has created alter egos by different manners. The alter ego Cookie was created because of her parents' constant fights and arguments. Later, she created alter egos like Rosa and Nicole for entertainment purposes. In today's music, alter egos have been more frequently used by artists. Both Lady Gaga and Beyoncé have created their alter egos "Jo Calderone" and "Sasha Fierce", respectively. Minaj's alter egos carry the traits of persons rather than alter egos, but Minaj herself has stated that she calls them her alter egos.
List of alter egos
The following is a list of alter egos created by Nicki Minaj in alphabetic order:
|Chun Li||Somewhere in China||Rapping||"Fireball"||Nicki's bad guy persona. Her words can cut deeper than knives.|
|Cookie||Saint James, Trinidad and Tobago||To escape the troubles of her home life as a child.||Minaj's childhood||She is the first alter ego of Nicki Minaj, created during her childhood. She can be seen in some videos of her childhood and teenage years|
|Barbie Balla||Unknown||Rapping||Nicki's Instagram||On December 14th 2018 Nicki posted a photo on instagram with the caption "#BarbieBALLA new alias alert 🎉🍭"|
|Female Weezy||Queens, New York City||Rapping||"Y.U. Mad"||She is the female version of Lil Wayne.|
|The Harajuku Barbie||Queens, New York City||Rapping/Singing||"Itty Bitty Piggy"||Often shortened simply to Barbie, she is the name of one of Minaj's longest lasting and most famous alter egos, particularly known for her soft voice.|
|Lap Dance Nika||Unknown||Lap Dancing||I Am Music II Tour||She performed lap dances at Wayne's tour and later retired when the tour ended. She is rumored to appear when a lap dance is needed.|
|Martha Zolanski||London, England||To discipline her son Roman.||"Roman's Revenge"||She is the mother of Roman Zolanski and the godmother of Nicki. She's strict and commanding.|
|Nicki Lewinsky||Queens, New York City||Rapping||"Sunshine"||She is one of the most know alter egos of Minaj when she was an underground artist during her mixtape days, and is known for her sexual lyrics.|
|Nicki Minaj (Alter)||Queens, New York||Rapping/Singing||"Playtime Is Over"||King Nicki is a rather remarkable persona, with her bossy and demanding bars.|
|Nicki Teresa||New York City||To heal||Minaj's visit at "The Garden of Dreams Foundation"||Also known as The Healer, she wears a colorful scarf around her head and went around places as the "healer to her fans."|
|Nicki the Boss||Queens, New York City||Rapping||"Jump Off '07"||She is described as the ingenious austere business woman that always thinks outside of the box and who is never afraid to assert herself.|
|Nicki the Ninja||Philippines||Rapping||"Higher Than a Kite"||She is a hip hop lyrical assassin, who is sometimes naughty.|
|Nicole||California||For fun||Elle photo shoot interview||She is portrayed as a very sweet and bubbly girl who is up for any man who seeks her attention.|
|Nicki Minaj (Alter)||Queens, New York||Rapping/Singing||"Batman"||King Nicki is a rather remarkable persona, with her bossy and demanding bars.|
|Norman||Unknown||For fun||Minaj's UStream||He is an alter ego who made appearances on UStream along with SB.|
|Onika||Saint James, Trinidad and Tobago||Rapping/Singing||"Letting Go (Dutty Love)||Onika is just the Normal Nicki; when Nicki shows her true self. She is vulnerable, romantic, and strong.|
|Point Dexter||Unknown||SNL skit||"The Creep"||Often shortened to simply Dexter, she is creepy and a pervert.|
|Queen Sleeze||Unknown||Rapping||"SUGE (Remix)"||Calm but deadly, quiet but serious. The main inspiration for NM5.  She is also Nicki's current alter ego that is being used.|
|Roman Zolanski||London, England||Rapping/Singing||"My Chick Bad"||Minaj's most well-known and utilized alter ego, described as an English homosexual male characterized by being far more outspoken and wild than Nicki herself.|
|Romania||Somewhere in the Pacific Ocean||"Bed" music video||"Bed"||She was captured her in rare form in the "Bed" music video. Before they knew it, she was gone. She didn’t like the cameras & drones.|
|Rosa||Spain, or Latin American||For fun||Lopez Tonight||She was created in an interview with George Lopez.|
|Tyrone||Harlem, New York City||Rapping||"Till the World Ends (The Femme Fatale Remix)"||He is a crackhead from Harlem who raps in a detuned and erratic way, according to Maraj on UStream.|
Unconfirmed/Unofficial alter egos
In various occasions Minaj have called herself by many different names leading to fan's speculate of more alter egos, however, those have not been confirmed by Minaj as her alter egos or simply they do not have enough information to be classified as alter egos. The following is a list of unconfirmed or unofficial alter egos of Nicki Minaj:
- The Bride of Blackenstein: character of Minaj created for an episode of Saturday Night Live, who acted like a complainant wife. Some fans catalog her as an alter ego. It is most likely confirmed that this is an alter ego.
- Da Kid: Minaj sometimes change her tone when saying "Da Kid" but it could probably just be nickname like "Nicki Minaj."
- Dr. Minaj: for the music video of "Out of My Mind," Minaj created a character for the video called "Dr. Minaj" who falls in love with her patient B.o.B.
- Black Hannah Montana: referring to herself as "Hannah Montana," Minaj could mean various things: one being she has alter egos like Miley Stewart (Miley Cyrus) had Hannah Montana, or that she is a super star like Montana.
- Sexy Chocolate: Minaj said on her twitter that her stripper name is "Sexy Chocolate." Nothing else is known about her.
- Super Snatch: for the Beam Me Up Scotty photo shoot, Minaj said that she was dressed up like "Super Snatch" and said that she is "coming soon" before saying "the fastest boss in the business."
- None Salmon: Nicki responded to a tweet that stated "Your stripper name is the color of your underwear and the last thing you ate," and deemed herself "None Salmon."
- Lorrie Zolanski: Lorrie is a rumored alter-ego that supposedly appeared in Stupid Hoe and was rumored to appear in Beez In The Trap as well. She is said to be the younger sister of Roman, and daughter of Martha. She has a lisp and swears like a sailor.
- Mermie: A rumored alter ego was made by fans every time they see Nicki in a green wig and a bikini like in "Massive Attack", Super Bass", "Starships" etc., Mermie is a mermaid that came to land, hence it's name.
- The Generous Queen: The generous queen is said to appear in the videos for Ganja Burn and No Frauds. She is very generous and has calculated moves. As stated in the opening of the Ganja Burn music video, she let her enemies win first generously, so she could strike back later.