It’s no secret that Nicki Minaj has transformed her look in a major way this year. She’s stepped away from her wild styles and ridiculous ‘fits into an image that “highlights that she is a woman, a very attractive woman with a great body,” her new stylist Jerod McClairn says.
Since joining her glam squad in November, McClairn–who has also lent his sartorial know-how to Tracy McGrady, Penny Hardaway and Brandon Jennings–has become the visionary behind creating the Queen Barbie’s current look. He credits the 17 years in the entertainment industry as his preparation for his first foray into switching up a client’s image.
Vixen caught up with the stylist/ fashion designer as he talks about working with the new face of Myx Fusion, gives tips on how to find the perfect stylist and what celebrities he would love to style. — Sharifa Daniels
VIBE Vixen: How has it been working with Nicki Minaj?
Jerod McClairn: Working with Nicki has been really good. We’re just trying to expand upon her current style and have it evolve and mature but also have it be honest to who she really is at this time.
How have her fans responded to her new look?
We’ve had so much positive feedback. Her image definitely highlights that she is a woman, a very attractive woman, with a great body.
How did the collaboration actually come about?
Nicki and her previous stylist had parted ways somehow and it was unexpected. I was available and it all went from there.
Did you think it was a lot to take on?
Yeah. I was like, ‘I don’t understand what they’re looking for. My strong suit isn’t really her creative direction for her image, so I wasn’t sure how it was going to pan out. My agent just encouraged me to do what I do and do what you feel is right. That’s what I did and it was well received.
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