Nicki Minaj

T. Cole Rachel
Aldo Rossi

Nicki Minaj might have been born in Trinidad and raised in Jamaica, Queens, but the 25-year-old rapper and one-woman style tornado makes music like she comes from another planet. Minaj’s Harajuku Barbie aesthetic and penchant for autographing the breasts of her devoted female fans notwithstanding, she is arguably one of the strongest female voices to emerge in hip-hop in the last decade. “I don’t mind being called a weirdo,” says Minaj. “There are a lot of people in hip-hop who are probably never going to get what I do. But, by just being myself, I end up touching a lot more people who might never have paid much attention to a female rapper.” Minaj has worked hard to establish her own voice, writing all her own material and not leaning on sex appeal. “I made a conscious decision to try to tone down the sexiness,” she says. “I want people—especially young girls—to know that in life, nothing is going to be based on sex appeal. You’ve got to have something else to go with that.” It was Minaj’s oversize personality and kaleidoscopic raps that drew the attention of her new friend and mentor Lil Wayne, who signed her to his Young Money label in 2009. Since then, Minaj’s progress on her hotly anticipated debut album, Massive Attack (due out this fall), has been slowed only by her popularity as a collaborator. She’s popped up on tracks for artists such as Usher, Robin Thicke, and Mariah Carey. “One of the biggest highlights of this year was being onstage with Jeezy, Wayne, and Drake in the middle of Jay-Z’s set at Madison Square Garden,” says Minaj. “And not only did we do a song together, but I was in a video with Mariah Carey! I still haven’t gotten over that!”

Photos: Nicki Minaj in Los Angeles, April 2010. Dress: Gia Lee. Bracelets: Ben-Amun. Shoes: Gucci. fragrance: gucci by gucci. Styling: Fatima B. Hair: Terrence Davidson. Makeup: Day/Buddhaflyy. Special Thanks: The Association and Industrial Color. 

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a072j347

11/28/12 10:57pm

Although I understand why Mrs. Minaj would say that sex appeal does not matter that is not the truth only her opinion. Mrs. Minaj has a very nice body but she does use that body to gain a larger audience. In her music video starships she is wearing a bikini and posing very sexually and dancing very sexually as well. In my opinion walking around shaking your butt is not dancing. She says you do not need a body to get into the music industry and in some cases that is true. However, Mrs. Minaj prancing around on stage in skimpy outfits then going on to say you don't need to be sexual to be famous is not right. Sometimes the music calls for a skimpy outfit. However in her guest appearance on American Idol where she sang starships she had to frequently pull her top back up so her breast would not fall out. While some of her outfits might not be her choice she still has an option to say no. I feel that by saying that women do not need to be sexual in order to be famous and then g
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cutemein

05/25/11 6:42pm

i love nicki minaj very very very much. i admire her .i wanna be just like her when im older. Also mariah cary i love her body. i have a body figure just like her. i love love love. both of them and admire them too .i wish i would have mariah and nicki minaj lifr . i love there fansty.
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