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NICKI MINAJ is the cover girl for the celebrated Art and Fashion Issue of W Magazine for November 2011.  Yes, the usually very colourful monster rapper gets a makeover way back in time.

The theme of the photoshoot/makeover is aptly named Agents Provocateurs as Minaj is transformed by a known Italian artist Francesco Vezzoli and stylist Edward Enniful into some of the most famous 18th-century courtesans in history.

In a meeting with Mr Vezzoli by Klaus Biesenbach(director of MoMA PS1) discussing the project, he was asked what interested him in working on this project with Nicki and previous projects where he had worked on with well-known celebrities like Lady Gaga, Natile Portman, Eva Mendes etc.  This is what he had to say (as extracted from .com).

“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.
… For W, I wanted to turn the lovely Nicki Minaj into a powdered 18th-century courtesan.”
Then he was asked how he then proceeded to transform her…
” 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.”
For the full interview with Mr Vezzoli click here.
The meaning of  ‘A type of painting style which uses delicate colors and curving forms, decorating their canvases with cherubs and myths of love. Some works especially portraits show a sort of naughtiness or impurity in the behavior of their subjects.’ Wikipedia.
All images are from Wmagazine.com

1. Rococo Portrait Of Nicki Minaj as Françoise Athénaïs De Rochechouart De Mortemart, Marquise De Montespan.

 The real Françoise Athénaïs De Rochechouart De Mortemart, Marquise De Montespan as painted by Elle Louis-Ferdinand.

2. Rococo Portrait of Nicki Minaj as Jeanne Bécu, Comtesse du Barry.

 The real Jeanne Bécu, Comtesse du Barry as painted by Francois-Hubert Drouais. 

3. Rococo Portrait of Nicki Minaj as Jeanne Antoinette Poisson, Marquise de Pompadour.

The real Jeanne Antoinette Poisson, Marquise de Pompadour as painted by François Boucher.

4. Neo-Rococo Portrait of Nicki Minaj as Madame Barbe de Rimsky-Korsakov.  

 The real Madame Barbe de Rimsky-Korsakov by Franz Xaver Winterhalter.

Nicki on the Cover of W Magazine The Art and Fashion Issue (Nov 2011) in her most demure look ever, so far.

Artwork by Francesco Vezzoli; Styled by Edward Enniful.

What do you think of the pictures? Have your say.



Make up artist, wardrobe stylist monster. Addicted to the trends, living for fashion and beauty AND lipstick with super powers, faithful blogger who's obsessed with stuffing her face with gummy bears. I personally love people that always have a beauty question for me to answer.


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