Nicki Minaj covers November’s issue of W Magazine, which just so happens to be dedicated to art and fashion. An artist named Francesco Vezzoli decked the pop singer out to look like the women of Renaissance portraits — with a bit of a Minaj-branded twist, of course.
Said Minaj-branded twist happens to be some sort of bloody-tear-locket? thing. Here’s what Francesco said about working with Nicki:
“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.”
Here’s another photo from the shoot: