She’s a platinum-selling rapper who has featured on many international magazines throughout her career, but Nicki Minaj has never landed a coveted Vogue cover – until now.
A fully-fledged member of rap’s fashion royalty, Nicki Minaj, who has more than 90 million followers on Instagram, has returned following a hiatus of nearly four years to drop her fourth album, Queen. Within a few hours of the album’s release, Queen had reached number one in more than 85 countries, including the UAE, Palestine, Lebanon, and Saudi Arabia. The success was met with high-profile acclaim, with Naomi Campbell and Kim Kardashian sharing their support ahead of the artist’s performance at the 2018 MTV Video Music Awards on August 20.
“The fashion industry has been successfully collaborating with rap artists because they appeal to young luxury consumers and global influence. In 2018, we’re not just obsessing over their lyrics, we’re taking their style notes, too,” explains editor-in-chief Manuel Arnaut of Vogue Arabia’s 17th cover. “For us, Nicki Minaj embodies everything that makes the industry crossover a success. She’s the author and producer of most of her material, is a platinum-selling rapper, a successful businesswoman with clothing, fragrance, and beverage lines, and has appeared on Time’s 100 most influential people list. Put simply, she’s the ultimate girl boss.”
In this moment when the fashion industry discusses inclusivity, diversity, and equality, it was only fitting that the cover story was shot in New York, just a few days before the Met Gala, by an all-female team. Renowned photographer Emma Summerton was behind the lens, while the styling was done by Anna Katsanis and overseen by VogueArabia fashion director Katie Trotter. The hair and makeup looks were created by Kim Kimble and Sheika Daley respectively.
Accompanying Minaj’s cover story is an exclusive interview by Arnaut, in which the rapper talks quitting social media, healing heartbreak, and bouncing back stronger than ever to reclaim her crown.
“I think anybody who says they don’t care about horrible things being said about them or lies being spread about them are not being truthful,” says Minaj. “I’m a human being and of course it bothers me when I read lies or horrendous things about myself… I took time to create something for my fans that I knew was going to be perfection.”
Discussing her latest success and her struggle to the top, Minaj also reveals, “In the restaurant where I was a waitress, I would go to someone’s table to take the orders and before I got their bread, I’d write raps on my order notepad about what they said or what they were wearing… I always thought, I’m going to get the hell out of this joint, stop waitressing, and become a big superstar.”
Read the full interview with Nicki Minaj in the September issue of Vogue Arabia.
nicki minaj stylist gives lowdown on ‘bottoms up’ video
If you thought the new alcohol anthem “Bottoms Up” by Trey Songz featuring Nicki Minaj would be another club scene video, director Anthony Mandler had another thing up his sleeve. The video, shot in Miami, features a surreal “fun house” theme with sexy seductresses behind every wall. The only thing hotter than those dancers? The wardrobe on Miss Minaj.
Nicki was styled by VIBE’s own Fashion Director Niki Schwan, who gives the inside scoop on those outfit choices:
For the “Bottoms Up” video, there was a sexy Fun House theme. So for Nicki, I wanted to keep the look clean, but with a pop of color. Which describes her first look, which was essentially a black corset, bodysuit and a multi colored jeweled armor piece around her shoulders. We also accented the style with bright multi-toned Louboutins to offset the look.
For the second look, Nicki had to dance super seductively so she needed to be able to move, but of course she still needed to represent her signature fashion forward style. So for this look we again kept a black base, but we accessorized the look with a metal draping neck piece and elbow length sheer black gloves. This look had an overall S&M vibe, as was also reflected in the set.
BET’s Spring Bling 2010 will be airing on tv starting April 16th, but they have already started filming some of the performances. On Saturday Nicki Minaj kicked off Spring Bling with a performance in South Florida. She took to twitter to share with her followers the festive shoes she wore on stage:
We found out that she is wearing the Joie Lace Up Wedge w/Fringe. Nicki has on the Multi Print on Cream style. I love the graphic print on them in the rainbow of colors – very different. The espadrille style wedge is hot again this season (so is the lace-up), and the platform makes them more comfortable on the feet. Get these now at Opening Ceremony for $540.
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