Nicki, Roman, and Barbie

Roman and Barbie, two of her most famous alter egos.

An alter ego is described as a second self[1], which is believed to be distinct from a person's normal or original personality.[2] 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[2] 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.[3]

Onika Tanya Maraj has created alter egos by different manners. The alter ego Cookie was created because of her parents' constant fights and arguments[4]. Later, she created alter egos like Rosa and Nicole for entertainment purposes.[5] "Nicki Minaj" was originally an alter ego of Maraj but was later used as her stage name. In today music, alter egos has been more frequently used by artists. Both Lady Gaga and Beyonce have created their alter egos "Jo Calderone" and "Sasha Fierce", respectively. Minaj alter egos have more persona's characteristics than alter ego's characteristics but Minaj herself has stated that she call them her alter egos.[6]

List of alter egos

The following is a list of alter egos created by Nicki Minaj for personal, creative or entertainment reasons:

Image Name Origin First appearance Description
Cookie icon Cookie Saint James, Trinidad and Tobago Minaj's childhood She is the first alter ego of Nicki Minaj, introduced to escape the troubles of her home life as a child.[4]
Onika icon
Onika Saint James, Trinidad and Tobago "Letting Go (Dutty Love) She is one of Nicki's normal characters.[7]
Female Weezy icon Female Weezy Queens, New York City "Y.U. Mad" She is represented as the female version of Lil Wayne.[8]
The Harajuku Barbie icon The Harajuku Barbie Queens, New York City "Itty Bitty Piggy" Often shortened simply to Barbie, is the name of one of Minaj's longest lasting and most famous alter egos, particularly known for her soft voice.
Lap Dance Nika icon Lap Dance Nika Unknown 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 icon Martha Zolanski London, England "Roman's Revenge" She is the mother of Roman Zolanski and an alter ego of Minaj,[9] She is the godmother of Nicki and is a strict and traditional woman.
Nicki Lewinsky icon Nicki Lewinsky Queens, New York City "Sunshine" She is one of the most know alter egos of Minaj when she was an underground artist, and is known for her sexual lyrics.
Nicki Teresa icon Nicki Teresa New York City Minaj's visit at "The Garden of Dreams Foundation" Also known as The Healer, is an alter ego, who wears a colorful scarf around her head and went around places as the "healer to her fans."[10]
Nicki the Boss icon Nicki the Boss Queens, New York City "Jump Off '07" She is described as the ingenious austere business woman that always thinks outside of the box, who is never afraid to assert herself.[11]
Nicki the Ninja icon Nicki the Ninja Philippines "Higher Than a Kite" She is a hip hop lyrical assassin, who is sometimes naughty.[12]
Nicole icon Nicole California Elle photo shoot interview She is portrayed as a very sweet and bubbly, fangirl interviewer with a fancy accent.
Norman icon Norman Middle East Minaj's UStream He is an alter ego of Minaj, who makes appearances on UStream along with SB.[13]
Point Dexter icon Point Dexter Unknown "The Creep" Often shortened to simply Dexter, is one of Minaj's alter ego who is creepy and a pervert.[14]
Roman Zolanski icon Roman Zolanski London, England "Bottoms Up" Minaj's most well-known and utilized alter ego, described as a blond homosexual male characterized as being far more outspoken and wild than Nicki herself.
Rosa icon Rosa Spain, or Latin American Lopez Tonight She is an alter ego of Minaj, created in an interview due to the Mexican origins of the host.[15]
Tyrone icon Tyrone Harlem, New York City "Till the World Ends (The Femme Fatale Remix)" He is a crackhead from Harlem who raps in a detuned and erratic way.

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:

  1. The Bride of Blackenstein: character of Minaj created for an episode of Saturday Night Live, who acted like a complainant wife.[16] Some fans catalog her as an alter ego.
  2. Da Kid: Minaj sometimes change her tone when saying "Da Kid" but it could probably just be nickname like "Nicki Minaj."[17][18]
  3. 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.
  4. Black Miley Cyrus/Hannah Montana: referring to herself as "Hannah Montana," Minaj could mean various things: like Miley Cyrus had Hannah Montana, she have alter egos or she is a super star like Montana.[19][20][21]
  5. Sexy Chocolate: Minaj said on her twitter that her stripper name is "Sexy Chocolate."[22] Nothing else is known about her.
  6. Super Snatch: for the Beam Me Up Scotty photo shoot, Minaj said that she was dress up like "Super Snatch" and said that she is "coming soon" before saying "the fastest boss in the business."[23]
  7. 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."
  8. Lorie Zolanski:This is a rumoured alter ego of Nicki that appeared in "Stupid Hoe" and "Beez in The Trap" ,she is apparently related to Roman and Martha.Lorie talks in a kiddy voice and she also have a lisp.
  9. Mermie:A rumoured alter ego was made by fans everytime 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.
  10. Nicole:Minaj made a character at her 2013 Elle Magazine photoshoot named Nicole and Nicole interviewed Nicki behind the scenes.


  1. ↑ alter ego - definition by The Free Dictionary Retrieved August 23, 2012.
  2. ↑ 2.0 2.1 Wikipedia: Alter ego Retrieved August 23, 2012.
  3. ↑ Alter Ego Definition - HealthGuidance Retrieved August 23, 2012.
  4. ↑ YouTube video: Nicki Interview on Lopez Tonight Retrieved August 23, 2012.
  5. ↑ Chelsea Lately: Nicki Minaj Retrieved July 1, 2013.
  6. ↑ Cite error: Invalid <ref> tag; no text was provided for refs named onika
  7. ↑ Nicki Minaj Is Female Weezy In Birdman's 'Y.U. Mad' Video Retrieved August 23, 2012.
  8. ↑ Nicki Minaj lives a fairy tale life in "Moment 4 Life" video Retrieved August 16, 2012.
  9. ↑ Nicki Minaj Has Healing Powers Retrieved August 2, 2012.
  10. ↑ Nicki Minaj Myspace page Retrieved August 1, 2012.
  11. ↑ Nicki Minaj Myspace page Retrieved July 31, 2012.
  12. ↑ Nicki mention Norman in her twitter Retrived April 28, 2012
  13. ↑ Maraj, Onika. and likes to play with her coon coon(@NICKIMINAJ). "Her name is Dexter... Point Dexter ---> RT @TM_PCola: @NICKIMINAJ So what's ur "Creep" character's name? She needs a name." Jan. 30, 2011, 3:23 AM. Tweet.
  14. ↑ YouTube video: Nicki Interview on Lopez Tonight Retrieved May 26, 2012.
  15. ↑ Video: Lol: "The Bride Of Blackenstein" Saturday Night Live Comedy Skit Starring Nicki Minaj! "That Booty Is A Masterpiece" Retrieved July 2, 2013.
  16. ↑ Twitter: Zzzaamn zzzaddy da kid aint neva lef! :p > RT @itsOoneySwain: Damnnnnnnn, it sound like mixtape @NickiMinaj on "Roman Reloaded" Retrieved July 2, 2013.
  17. ↑ Twitter: Whenever I say Harajuku Barbie they erupt. Its like...I can't take it. Jamaica, Queens to Tokyo da kid been shoutin dem out 4ever! Retrieved July 2, 2013.
  18. ↑ Rap Genius: Nicki Minaj – Here and There (Girl You Bad) Lyrics Retrieved July 2, 2013.
  19. ↑ Rap Genius: Nicki Minaj – I Get Crazy Lyrics Retrieved July 2, 2013.
  20. ↑ Rap Genius: Nicki Minaj – Easy Lyrics Retrieved July 2, 2013.
  21. ↑ Twitter: Sexy Chocolate > RT @sexyshybarbie: @NICKIMINAJ wuts ya stripper name? Retrieved July 2, 2013.
  22. ↑ YouTube: Nicki Minaj- Come Up Magazine Photoshoot & Hood Affairs Interview Retrieved September 7, 2013.
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