Nicki Minaj is the latest fashion muse for Vogue Arabia September issue. Fresh off the heels of her fourth studio album, Queen, the hip-hop/pop star poses it up in a striking black and white double cover spread while draped in a velvet Christian Siriano gown accented with long, ornate tulle sleeves and a thigh-high slit.
For her second cover look, the platinum-selling artist sports a Marc Jacobs suit jacket with oversized shoulder pads and wide-brimmed hat.
The cover marks Nicki’s Vogue cover debut, and it couldn’t come at a better time. September is the fashion world’s biggest and most coveted month.
“The fashion industry has been successfully collaborating with rap artists because they appeal to young luxury consumers and global influence,” said Manuel Arnaut, editor-in-chief for Vogue Arabia. “In 2018, we’re not just obsessing over their lyrics, we’re taking their style notes, too.”
The shoot was produced by an all-woman team just days before the Met Gala, including Kim Kimble on hair and Sheika Daley on makeup. Lensed by Emma Summerton, the shoot was fashion directed by Katie Trotter with Anna Katsanis on styling duties.
Inside, the Barbie Tings rapper talks to Arnaut about her new album, taking a break from social media and journey to fame.
“In the restaurant where I was a waitress, I would go to someone’s table to take the orders and before I got their bread. I’d write raps on my order notepad about what they said or what they were wearing… I always thought, ‘I’m going to get the hell out of this joint, stop waitressing, and become a big superstar.’”
You can read the full interview in the September issue of Vogue Arabia.