Over the thirteen years since the publication of Pink Friday, Nicki Minaj’s personal style has become as well-known as her lyrics. (After all, she is the woman who received $50,000 for a verse without having an album out!)
When Minaj first appeared on the scene in 2010, she was wearing a mauve outfit that spread out about her and a bubblegum pink wig to go with her extremely tall platforms. Regarding her debut album cover, Minaj explains, “What we were going for in this shoot was trying to make me look like a big Barbie doll.” She was somewhat concerned about the dress’ poofiness at the time, even though the picture is instantly iconic now. Warning: There is spoilery material attached.
Something more added to the post? Minaj’s azure complexion during her inaugural Vogue photo shoot for the February 2012 issue, wherein she dons a red Oscar de la Renta gown paired with corresponding red gloves. She describes photographer Steven Klein as someone who “made this into something so iconic for me.” “It simply functioned.”