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's alter egos carry the traits of persons rather than alter egos, but Minaj herself has stated that she calls 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.png 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]
MSSNL14 28229.jpg Onika Saint James, Trinidad and Tobago "Letting Go (Dutty Love) Onika is just the Normal Nicki; when Nicki shows her true self and shows vulnerability and romanticness..
Female Weezy icon.png Female Weezy Queens, New York City "Y.U. Mad" She is represented as the female version of Lil Wayne.[7]
The Harajuku Barbie icon.png 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.png 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.png Martha Zolanski London, England "Roman's Revenge" She is the mother of Roman Zolanski and an alter ego of Minaj,[8] She is the godmother of Nicki and is a strict and traditional woman.
BMUS6.png 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.png 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."[9]
Nicki the Boss icon.png 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.[10]
Nicki the Ninja icon.png Nicki the Ninja Philippines "Higher Than a Kite" She is a hip hop lyrical assassin, who is sometimes naughty.[11]
Nicole icon.png Nicole California Elle photo shoot interview She is portrayed as a very sweet and bubbly girl who is up for any man who seeks her attention.
Norman icon.png Norman Middle East Minaj's UStream He is an alter ego of Minaj, who makes appearances on UStream along with SB.[12]
Point Dexter icon.png Point Dexter Unknown "The Creep" Often shortened to simply Dexter, is one of Minaj's alter ego who is creepy and a pervert.[13]
Roman Zolanski icon.png 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.png 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.[14]
Tyrone icon.png 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.
Chun Li Somewhere in China "Fireball" Chun-Li is Nicki's bad guy persona. Chun was first introduced through Willow Smith's "Fireball". She appeared at the 2018 Met-Gala. Chun is rumored to be on Nicki's fourth studio album "Queen".
Romania Somewhere in the Pacific Ocean "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.


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.[15] 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."[16][17]
  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 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.[18][19][20]
  5. Sexy Chocolate: Minaj said on her twitter that her stripper name is "Sexy Chocolate."[21] Nothing else is known about her.
  6. 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."[22]
  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. 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.
  9. 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.


  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. ↑ Nicki Minaj Is Female Weezy In Birdman's 'Y.U. Mad' Video Retrieved August 23, 2012.
  7. ↑ Nicki Minaj lives a fairy tale life in "Moment 4 Life" video Retrieved August 16, 2012.
  8. ↑ Nicki Minaj Has Healing Powers Retrieved August 2, 2012.
  9. ↑ Nicki Minaj Myspace page Retrieved August 1, 2012.
  10. ↑ Nicki Minaj Myspace page Retrieved July 31, 2012.
  11. ↑ Nicki mention Norman in her twitter Retrived April 28, 2012
  12. ↑ 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.
  13. ↑ YouTube video: Nicki Interview on Lopez Tonight Retrieved May 26, 2012.
  14. ↑ Video: Lol: "The Bride Of Blackenstein" Saturday Night Live Comedy Skit Starring Nicki Minaj! "That Booty Is A Masterpiece" Retrieved July 2, 2013.
  15. ↑ Twitter: Zzzaamn zzzaddy da kid aint neva lef! :p > RT @itsOoneySwain: Damnnnnnnn, it sound like mixtape @NickiMinaj on "Roman Reloaded" Retrieved July 2, 2013.
  16. ↑ 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.
  17. ↑ Rap Genius: Nicki Minaj – Here and There (Girl You Bad) Lyrics Retrieved July 2, 2013.
  18. ↑ Rap Genius: Nicki Minaj – I Get Crazy Lyrics Retrieved July 2, 2013.
  19. ↑ Rap Genius: Nicki Minaj – Easy Lyrics Retrieved July 2, 2013.
  20. ↑ Twitter: Sexy Chocolate > RT @sexyshybarbie: @NICKIMINAJ wuts ya stripper name? Retrieved July 2, 2013.
  21. ↑ YouTube: Nicki Minaj- Come Up Magazine Photoshoot & Hood Affairs Interview Retrieved September 7, 2013.
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