Front Page Her: Nicki Minaj Covers New York Magazine And Talks Fashion & Her Alter Ego

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Queens Femcee Nicki Minaj is covering the Spring Fashion 2012 issue of New York magazine. On the cover, Minaj is wearing a blonde wig, green eye-shadow, and pink lipstick. Nicki Minaj was scheduled to release her sophomore disc, entitled Pink Friday: Roman Reloaded on Valentine’s Day (February 14) but the album was recently pushed back until April 3. As of posting, a reason for the album delay has yet to be announced. In the issue, Minaj talked about fashion and her alter ego. Below are some excerpts:

So is it safe to assume that you were always interested in fashion?
I’ve always been intrigued by color and by interesting hair. I was one of those weird little girls doing my own hair at the age of 9. I was, like, getting weird gels and new brushes and cornrow holders. I would tweak and perm at the age of 13. When I first went to get my hair colored, I was about 14 and I wanted blonde highlights. The beautician said, “No, you have to get your mother on the phone,” and I was just crying and begging. I’ve always been experimenting. Cyndi Lauper’s videos—that’s what intrigued me.

You were at a lot of fashion shows last season.
The biggest surprise to me was that after I went to some shows with Anna Wintour, I got an autographed photo from her the next day that said, “We match!” I had on these, like, weird balls and craziness, and she had on this really sophisticated dress, but they both were orange. I was like, “Oh my God, I’m getting this framed!” I’m going to get a bigger version and put it in my gym, because that’s some fly motivation.

What’s the story with your different alter egos?
I have different personalities, so I just started naming them. Like, there’s one that’s angry, a little more in-your-face. I named that person Roman. He guest stars on my new album. There’s also his mother, Martha. She guest-stars as well. She’s from London. I also have a Barbie character that comes out every now and then. She’s soft-spoken, really sweet, and polite. She’s got a kid’s voice.


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