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).
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.
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