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Nicki Minaj Lands Her Vogue Cover Debut

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.

Minaj’s return has been truly triumphant, with the star bagging the cover of Vogue Arabia’s second September issue. Model Bella Hadid was the star of the debut September 2017 cover, shot by Karl Lagerfeld.

“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.

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Nicki Minaj attends the 2018 MTV Video Music Awards at Radio City Music Hall on August 20, 2018 in New York City.

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New Song “Rich Sex” feat. Lil’ Wayne

Nicki released a new song called “Rich Sex” which features Lil’ Wayne yesterday. Nicki also revelead that she will release a new song titled “Bed” on Thursday, June 14 and this song features Ariana Grande. Check out ‘Rich Sex’ below:

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Nicki and Future to go on Tour together

Nicki announced her “NICKIHNDRXX TOUR” with Future on Instagram earlier today. Presale starts 6/12 at 10am local time. Public on sale 6/15, Tickets can get purchased on nickihndrxx.com. Check out all the Tourdates below:

07-07 Quebec City, Quebec – Impérial Bell
08-17 Des Moines, IA – Water Works Park
09-01-02 Philadelphia, PA – Made in America Festival
09-21 Baltimore, MD – Royal Farms Arena
09-23 Washington, D.C. – Capital One Arena
09-26 Detroit, MI – Little Caesars Arena
09-28 Chicago, IL – United Center
09-29 Cincinnati, OH – US Bank Arena
10-01 Toronto, Ontario – Air Canada Centre
10-02 Buffalo, NY – KeyBank Center
10-04 Boston, MA – TD Garden
10-05 Uncasville, CT – Mohegan Sun Arena
10-07 Newark, NJ – Prudential Center
10-11 Brooklyn, NY – Barclays Center
10-14 Raleigh, NC – PNC Arena
10-16 Charlotte, NC – Spectrum Center
10-19 Miami, FL – American Airlines Center
10-20 Orlando, FL – Amway Arena
10-21 Phoenix, AZ – Lost Lake Festival
10-23 Memphis, TN – FedEx Forum
10-28 Nashville, TN – Bridgestone Arena 10-30 New Orleans, LA – Smoothie King Center
11-01 Dallas, TX – American Airlines Center
11-02 Houston, TX – Toyota Center
11-04 Kansas City, MO – Sprint Center
11-06 Denver, CO – Pepsi Center
11-09 Portland, OR – Moda Center
11-10 Seattle, WA – Tacoma Dome
11-16 San Jose, CA – SAP Center
11-17 Sacramento, CA – Golden 1 Center
11-20 Los Angeles, CA – The Forum
11-24 Las Vegas, NV – MGM Grand
02-21 Munich, Germany – Olympiahalle
02-22 Bratislava, Slovakia – Ondrej Nepela Arena
02-24 Lodz, Poland – Atlas Arena
02-25 Budapest, Hungary – Budapest Sportarena
02-28 Berlin, Germany – Mercedes Benz Arena
03-01 Copenhagen, Denmark – Royal Arena
03-03 Oslo, Norway – Spektrum
03-04 Stockholm, Sweden – Ericcson Globe
03-06 Brussels, Belgium – Palais 12
03-07 Paris, France – AccorHotels Arena
03-09 Bordeaux, France – Metropole Arena
03-11 London, England – The 02
03-14 Birmingham, England – Arena Birmingham
03-15 Dublin, Ireland – 3Arena
03-17 Glasgow, Scotland – SSE Hydro
03-18 Manchester, England – Manchester Arena
03-20 Esch-sur-Alzette, Luxembourg – Rockhal
03-22 Frankfurt, Germany – Festhalle
03-23 Cologne, Germany – Lanxess Arena
03-25 Amsterdam, The Netherlands – Ziggo Dome
03-27 Zurich, Switzerland – Hallenstandion
03-28 Geneva, Switzerland – Arena Geneva

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Onika Tanya Maraj-Petty (born December 8, 1982), known professionally as Nicki Minaj is a Trinidadian-born American rapper, singer, and songwriter.
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