On the latest cover W magazine, the fashionista MC dons some very, very old school stylings in the haute couture dresses by Versace and Dior -- fit to be worn by the fanciest, naughtiest companions for hire of them all. That's right. She's dressed as historically relevant, upper class prostitutes, so to speak.
"I wanted to turn the lovely Nicki Minaj into a powdered 18th-century courtesan," says renowned, Milan based artist and satirist Francesco Vezzoli who worked on the shoot.
"In her performances, Minaj makes very explicit and challenging use of her beauty and her body, so I thought of comparing her to some of the most famous courtesans in history: the Marquise de Montespan, Comtesse du Barry, Madame de Pompadour, and Madame Rimsky-Korsakov," he continues. "My idea was to reproduce four iconic portraits of some of the most fascinating females of the past in a series starring an American pop-culture role model. We tried to re-create those original portraits using similar furniture, props, and clothing, à la Visconti. Luckily enough, the result came out as surreal as it could be, just as I wished."
ArtReview Magazine. Kudos to the hip-hop star for actually working with artists, instead of ripping off their work. Gaga better watch out!