Nicki Minaj, the best-selling female rapper of all time, graces the December 2023 cover of Vogue US, heralding her upcoming album “Pink Friday 2,” set for release on December 8th. Captured by photographer Norman Jean Roy, Minaj stuns in a Valentino Haute Couture ensemble, complemented by Irene Neuwirth earrings.
Stylist Max Ortega expertly selects pieces from Marc Jacobs, Calzedonia, Ferragamo, Vetements, Bottega Veneta, Alexander McQueen and Dolce & Gabbana Alta Moda for the feature. Lacy Redway and Dionte Gray expertly manage their hair, while Raoúl Alejandre complements their looks with eye-catching make-up. Viki Rutsch’s set design and Boom Productions’ coordination add to the success of the shoot.
In her interview, Nicki Minaj talks openly about her upcoming fifth studio album, ”Pink Friday 2”, and her journey as an artist and mom.
The new album, which features a mix of melancholy and introspection, marks a departure from her previous work. Minaj’s latest single, “Last Time I Saw You,” explores regret and uncertainty, contrasting with her typically bold and humorous style. “It’s a song about guilt,” Minaj explains. “And I don’t think people make a lot of music about the experience of guilt.”
Reflecting on her career, Minaj acknowledges her evolution as both an artist and a person. She recalls the challenges of her youth, fighting for her father’s attention and her mother’s approval, and struggling for material comforts. These experiences have shaped her music and approach to life.
Minaj’s journey to motherhood and her marriage to Kenneth Petty have also influenced her perspective. She speaks candidly about the challenges of balancing her career and family life, noting the constant race and the need to find happiness in who you are, not where you are.
Despite her fame and success, Minaj remains grounded and attributes her accomplishments to a shift in perspective and a focus on gratitude. She continues to inspire her fans by encouraging them to stay in school and promoting body positivity. As she navigates the complexities of fame, motherhood, and her artistry, Minaj’s story is one of resilience and transformation.
In her own words, Minaj sums up her current state of mind: “There’s a freedom that you have around you when you’re at your best, when you’re doing your thing at your peak. It’s like this lightness in the air.”