Interview: Nicki Minaj’s Fashion Inspiration

American hip hop diva Nicky Minaj’s visit to the UK has involved major drama and seriously impressive outfits.

Such is the craziness that Kanye West’s protégée inspires in her fans – who she affectionately nicknames Barbies – Very can reveal she was forced to move hotels because too many fans camped outside trying to get a glimpse of her.

After a fight between two fans started outside London’s posh Dorchester hotel on Park Lane, Minaj was made to pack her suitcases and move of her luxury suite.

However, you wouldn’t expect such a stylish singer to slum it and she laid her head in the centrally located five star Langham hotel for the rest of the trip.

It gave Nicky, who recently duetted with Rihanna,  a convenient base for her nights on the town as she was certainly busy during her stay in the capital.

She did a midnight tour of London’s tourist attractions with DJ Tim Westwood, she met up with singer Jessie J and she did a public appearance at Oceana nightclub in Watford.

Each occasion called for a suitably extravagant outfit like these two:

(1) The gothic ballet dancer

(2) The white base for killer accessories

So where does The Pink Friday glamour girl get her inspiration from? Find out in Very’s mini-interview below:

QS: What is your all-time favorite outfit?

NICKY: Probably what I wore to take over BET station 106 & Park in New York on the day my Pink Friday album was released – some amazing Christian Louboutin boots. They have three layers of grey fur and zip up. Worn with tights and shorts.

QS: Where do you get fashion inspiration from?

NICKY: Life, especially the streets of Tokyo. Life inspires fashion.

QS: What fashion item could you not live without?

NICKY: Pink 4 Friday lipstick – and all things MAC. And shoes!

QS: Is the sex appeal important for a female MC?

NICKY: It’s important for me, I can’t really speak for anyone else. It’s become synonymous with me especially since my name is Nicky Minaj. Now, when I go out, people want to see me look sexy. It’s important to me.

QS: Did any other female rappers influence you when you were coming up?

NICKY: Yeah absolutely, the main ones like Kim, Foxy, and Missy because of her creativity. I’m very playful so I draw inspiration from Missy too. And I love Ri Ri! I mean, when she’s not grabbing my ass, she’s a sweet girl.

It’s not surprising Rihanna wanted to show her affection to Nicky as she always looks smoking hot. She’s so adventurous there’s a Minaj look for everyone. If you like to wear black then vamp it up like the hip hop star in a South net skirt

Team it with a classic South velvet body suit, which is now just £4.50

Add a star-like twist with a double buckle waist belt

And draw attention to your top half even more with a multi strand and plait necklace

Finish with a pack of two South studded bangles – showing you’ve thought about every aspect of your outfit.

But if you normally gor for a brighter look, take inspiration for Nicky’s white look. Start with the flattering new Lipsy chiffon jersey draped dress

Add a dramatic necklace like the Lipsy ribbon necklace

The quilted stretch bracelet will make your hands and wrists look like they’re looked after

And every diva needs good shoes like the KG emery peeptoe sandals

It’s exhausting just looking at Nicky and her selection of amazing clothes. Let’s hope she can keep it up without causing too much more drama.

24th January 2011
Written by Zoe Griffin