Mario Testino shot the rapper in a garden for the new V and Minaj never looked better. She confesses her love for fashion and Versace;
“What I love about Donatella and what I love about Versace is that it’s so rich. It’s not afraid to be rich and braggadocios. There are attitudes in fashion and in hip-hop that match each other … it’s an almost snobby type of feeling. It’s fun! It’s like showing off! I think rap is a lot of showing off, and fashion is too. Versace is like,’ Look at me, bitch. I’m here.’
“I came into the game creating my own brand. I was doing things very early on that set me apart from people who just took orders and allowed their brand to be created for them. I love women who take control, who set standards, and who believe in themselves enough to lead the way in terms of their career. I’ve done that. When I win and when I lose.”
Don’t forget modesty, you’re BIG on modesty too, Nicki. For more on her Minajesty, check out V here. Nicki Minaj’s new album, The Pinkprint, is out on November 24.
(Photos, Mario Testino; via V Magazine)