They’re ‘matches for a “Queen.”
Whenever rap’s reigning monarch Nicki Minaj takes the stage, the New York-reared diva wows not solely along with her expertise, however along with her royally outrageous wardrobe, too.
And as a mistress of ceremonies on the 2022 MTV Video Music Awards Sunday — a gig the voluminous voluptuary will anchor alongside fellow rappers LL Cool J, 54, and Jack Harlow, 24 — Minaj, 39, is bound to steal the present, using excessive on a carousel of high fashion.
No stranger to pushing style past its limits with unabashed (and generally controversial) appears to be like, the “Super Freaky Girl” chart-slayer, who will even be honored with the Michael Jackson Video Vanguard Award on the VMAs, boasts over a decade of daring outfits.
From the notorious Versace “Pope” cape Minaj donned on the pink carpet on the 2012 Grammys or the bosom-boosting Burberry ensemble she wore to the 2022 Met Gala in May, her fashion continues to maintain fashionistas on their toes.
Here’s a glance again at Nicki’s gripping glam evolution.
Minaj made her VMAs debut sporting a taupe pants set, a pink wig and high-end excessive heels. FilmMagic
Making her VMAs debut in 2010, the then pink-haired harmonizer shocked in a champagne-colored trouser and prime set. The “Super Bass” bombshell, who carried out with Will.i.am on the fete’s pre-show and offered an award alongside Katy Perry, accomplished her look with a pair of platform Versace pumps and a black bib necklace.
Paying homage to Tokyo’s Harajuku style development, Minaj stole the present in an anime-inspired take a look at the 2011 VMAs. AFP/Getty Images
Cranking up the warmth along with her cool-girl swag, Minaj turned heads on the 2011 VMAs by sporting a metallic purple mini costume atop a lacy pink tutu, star-printed tights and thigh-high socks coated in colourful anime cartoons. And, virtually as if she had been a style seer, the “Pink Friday” performer — who adopted the moniker “Harajuku Barbie,” owing to an affinity for Tokyo-inspired panache — punctuated the look with a surgical masks.
Raising holy hell on-line, Minaj’s controversial couture on the 2012 Grammy Awards turned one of many evening’s largest moments. WireImage
The 12 months 2012 was monumental for her majesty Minaj. That February, she secured Best New Artist, Best Rap Album and Best Rap Performance nods on the Grammys. And though she walked away from the ceremony empty-handed, her crimson-hooded robe studded with Versace’s Medusa trademark — to not point out the Pope impersonator, cloaked in full regalia, who confirmed up as her date for the night — was the discuss of Tinseltown. Months later, La Minaj dazzled in a skintight black-and-red bodysuit by the elite designer on the VMAs.
On the scales
Showing off her magnificent curves, Minaj opted for a sultry quite than stunning take a look at the 2014 VMAs. FilmMagic
Snakeskin was so in throughout Minaj’s 2014 “Anaconda” mania; that 12 months, the raptress wrapped her buxom body in a silvery snake-inspired minidress on the Video Music Awards. Unlike her earlier, extra kooky red-carpet costumes, the tempting trendsetter opted for a extra attractive, but scaly slay. Her flawlessly modern entrance into the present however, the bodacious vixen narrowly flashed audiences when the zipper of her costume broke throughout her dwell efficiency of “Bang Bang” with Ariana Grande and Jessie J.
Minaj graced followers with glimpses of her goodies within the glistening robe she donned on the 2015 VMAs. WireImage
Leaning closely into her sultriness, the “Feeling Myself” vocalist had tongues wagging over the $15,000 gold, sheer robe by Labourjoisie which she wore to the 2015 VMAs. Leaving little to the creativeness, Minaj fiercely flaunted her ample hips, bust and booty within the floor-length frock, referred to as “the naked dress,” which was adorned with beads and pearls. And virtually as memorable because the flossy finery was her legendary “Miley, what’s good?” sound chew from the evening.
Minaj blew minds within the cobalt blue cutout costume she sported on the 2016 VMAs. FilmMagic
The time period “show some skin” took on new which means when Minaj stepped into MTV’s 2016 VMAs in a clinging, cobalt Bao Tranchi robe that includes saucy cutouts and see-through mesh paneling. The costume, which was allegedly so tight that the “Starships” siren might barely stroll, gave followers a sneak peek on the star’s copious cleavage and curves.
To stroll down the pink carpet on the 2017 VMAs, Minaj outfitted her hourglass determine in a shiny pink latex jumpsuit. Getty Images
After blessing us with naked boob throughout Haider Ackermann’s 2017 Paris style week present that March, Minaj selected to play it (comparatively) secure on the VMAs in August, strapping right into a bubblegum-pink latex bodysuit. And as a nod to her affinity for cutouts, the intelligent couture, which she styled with a head filled with knee-length locks, featured peekaboo peepholes on her breasts.
The “Only” emcee wowed in Off-White fashions on the 2018 VMAs, showcasing her enviable endowments. Evan Agostini/Invision/AP
At the 2018 VMAs, the “Chun-Li” lyricist strutted her stuff in a skintight unitard by Off-White, tailor-made by the late Virgil Abloh. Around her waist, Minaj sported a chiffon skirt atop the crème-colored onesie, which gave audiences an important gander at her bountiful behind. She accented the imaginative and prescient with a pair of jet-black pigtails, cascading right down to her calves.
Cups runneth over
Not shy about flaunting her fabulous body, Minaj gave 2022 MET Gala audiences greater than an eyeful in her bosomy Burberry robe. Getty Images
Once once more flashing her goodies, the “Good Form” goddess dropped jaws at this 12 months’s Met Gala, sashaying down the star-studded soiree’s promenade in a black, corseted quantity by Burberry. Walking into the unique bash with the model’s artistic director, Riccardo Tisci, Minaj fought to maintain her breasts — which, like her cheeks and arms — had been embellished with rhinestones, from falling out of the bespoke bustier. The voluptuous diva accessorized her look with crotch-high leather-based boots, a black baseball cap and a multitiered practice.