Nicki Minaj is the cover girl for the November issue of W magazine. Famed artist Francesco Vezzoli transformed Nicki into a Victorian era beauty for the photo shoot. Nicki is wearing pieces by Dior Haute Couture, Western Costume Company and Vera Wang. I do not usually have much to say about Ms. Minaj but I think this is the best magazine cover she has done thus far.
I like how Francesco played up her beauty rather than her body for these pictures. Nicki did a great job with her poses and facial expressions. Oh yea, and her makeup is flawless. Kudos to Nicki for doing something different! Here is Francesco Vezzoli breakdown of the photo shoot:
“I wanted to play with the public image of a female hip-hop star. During my entire career, I have always been fascinated by powerful women in history. I have spent a lot of time researching the ways they were represented in art and how their images were used to mold the public imagination—and to convey aesthetic and philosophical ideas about beauty and sexual desire. My main interest has been to link the historical artistic approach to female representation to contemporary icons of the media era.”
“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. 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.” SOURCE
Images Via: W Magazine
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