November 24, 2015 05:20 PM

Nicki Minaj is a woman of a thousand hair looks. The rapper turned pop super star has never met a cut, style, or color she didn’t immediately want to take for a test drive. But no matter what crazy wigs or weaves she may try out, Nicki always ends up returning to her first love: a head full of platinum blonde locks.

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Minaj posted a photo of her new look to Instagram last night, with the caption, “Grizz said when my hair is blonde, I act “blonde”. she’s bak bitch 😬” Given the amount of personas she can take on in a single song, it should come as no surprise that Nicki also has different alter egos to accompany her hair, especially a style as tried and true as this severe platinum lob. Now if only the singer could blame that infamous “What’s good, Miley?” moment on the fumes coming off her fresh peroxide blonde dye job.

But it does seem true that Nicki’s moods and behavior shift when she goes through one of her frequent hair transformations. To illustrate this point, here’s five times the musician’s blonde strands also had her acting…well, blonde.

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1. When She Hosted American Idol

Though her hair may have been lighter than ever, anyone who watched this season of American Idol knows it was probably one of the most controversial points in Nicki’s career. While the raging feud between her and Mariah Carey appeared to stem from a diva’s natural proclivity for one-upmanship, in reality it was clearly a face-off between Minaj’s bleach blonde and Carey’s natural highlights. Only one blonde diva can rule them all.

2. When She Transformed into a Versace Pope

In what was surely one of the most memorable and talked about Grammy ensembles since Lady Gaga showed up in an egg, Nicki arrived on the red carpet in 2012 wearing a scarlet, full-skirted dress, complete with matching opera gloves, a hood, and a man dressed as The Pope in tow, naturally. The singer’s cascading blonde curls gave the whole look a Little Red Riding Hood vibe, save for the giant Versace logo made out of crystals emblazoned across her skirt. Minaj offered no explanation because obviously this look doesn’t need any.

3. When She Made Milan Bow Down to the New Runway Queen

It’s a well known fact that designers love a bleach blonde beauty makeover. Just look at what Kim Kardashian West did to her hair in one week all in the name of Paris couture. Nicki also went blonde for high fashion this September, performing at a special dinner for Givenchy in Milan while wearing a custom bodysuit from the house, letting everyone know the newest style queen has arrived and she’s ready to be placed atop her rightful throne.

4. Even Her Perfume Is Blonder Than You Are

When your perfume is not only a best-seller, but comes in a bottle that will serve as a permanent reminder to all of your fans that while they may have flaxen locks they’ll never be quite as snow white as your own, you know that you’ve officially reached all new levels of blonde ambition.

5. When She Proved Her Nickname’s Not Barbie For Nothing

It’s no secret Minaj has a love affair with Mattel’s best-selling doll. The singer regularly refers to herself as Barbie, her fans as Barbz, and her album’s called The Pinkprint, making the fact that she only just got a doll of her own two months ago kind of insane. And, of course, if you want to channel true Barbie doll glam, you’ve got to have the neon pink ensemble and piles of waist-long, white-blonde hair to match. Nicki obviously has both in spades.

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What do you think of Nicki’s new blonde look? Which of her hairstyles is your favorite?

–Emily Kirkpatrick

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