Nicki Minaj Does BluefaceFebruary 24th, 2012
A couple of weeks ago when Nicki Minaj told NY Magazine that fashion was a big yawn (actually, she said “I’m not impressed to be in that world…I think sometimes the fashion world isn’t even about clothes anymore; it’s about this “in” crowd, and I’m not into that”), she made a point to give a shout out to Anna Wintour whose photographed portrait she framed. Accolades for Wintour are nothing new, so it just seemed like for once in her un-conventional career, Minaj was following a trend. In actuality, seems she may have been giving a thank you to Wintour for featuring her in a new fashion spread in the March issue of Vogue. Though she says the shoot is about “showing her true colors,” Minaj is less Cyndi Lauper and more Avatar here, as her body gets dipped in blue paint.
Though the shoot was photographed by Steven Klein, the confessions came from Nicki herself. For instance, the woman who wore a Versace nun-inspired getup (and a Pope-posing “priest”) to the Grammys admitted that she used to spend $50,000 a month on shoes and bags. “Giuseppe, Versace, YSL and Fendi shoes…I bought tons of Vuitton bags,” she says. But Nicki, as the French designers you’re making richer would ask: Pourquoi!? Her reply: “When you’re a young girl from Queens, you’re going to stock up on those bags.” (Zut alors.)
It’s not the first time a celeb has admitted in the pages of Vogue that they are fashion obsessed. But it is one of the only times that we have seen such a confession coming from someone with Cookie Monster blue skin, My Little Pony pink hair and, more notably, breasts and thighs that look womanly, not super skinny boylike. Normally when Vogue deals with the non-sized 2s, they get draped in caftans and other skin-covering outfits. Minaj is allowed to look as sexy and sensual and on display as a blue-skinned Black woman can–and the result is way more refreshing than that Grammy performance she just subjected us to.