The singer believes in the power of cosmetics

Nicki Minaj has rubbished claims that she’s had a nose job.

The American Idol judge looks a little different in photos from before she hit the spotlight but she insists her polished look is all down to clever cosmetics.

‘I never had surgery on my face. When people see my make-up they think all types of crazy things that I’m doing to my skin, but it’s make-up,’ Nicki, 30, tells Extra.

‘They’ll see contour and think you’ve had surgery on your nose. It’s make-up, people! Look at RuPaul’s Drag Race and you’ll see how you can make your nose look any shape you want.’

Curvaceous star Nicki, who’s been dogged by rumours in the past that she’s had implants in her bottom, says she’s toned down her appearance this year and is going for a more ‘grown and sexy’ look.

Nicki isn’t the only celeb who’s denied they’ve gone under the knife – in 2011, Leona Lewis said it was ‘rubbish’ she’d had cosmetic surgery after she stepped out with what appeared to be a slimmer-looking nose.

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Anna Duff