Nicki Minaj’s Most Badass Shoot to Date

Nicki Minaj

Nicki Minaj is busting out on the cover of V Magazine‘s Spring 2011 Discovery Issue, on sale this week. The rap diva, outfitted in a patterned green Versace dress, dons tribal body paint on one of two covers photographed by Inez van Lamsweerde & Vinoodh Matadin. Inside, the Harajuku Barbie plays dress up in an Emilio Pucci swimsuit over Calvin Klein briefs and a red leather jacket covered in spikes and safety pins.

“I just always want to do ‘me,’ but ‘me’ changes every day,” says the colorful star, known for her various alter-egos. “I would crumple up and die if I had to wake up and be the same person every day. I don’t silence those voice anymore. I just let them speak.”

Check out more must-see photos from what Nicki calls her “most badass shoot to date” below.

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69 Comments

  1. lmao

    hot hot hot hot

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  2. Kwayzee

    omg ; i love you nicki <3
    #TeamMinaj

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  3. jwellz10

    UGH WTF..USUALLY NICKI’S FASHION GAME IS ON POINT BUT DIS SHIT RIGHT HERE..HELL NO..WELL AT LEAST THE PIC WHERE ALL THAT PAINT IS ON HER FACE LOL..BUT THE REST IS GOOD..BUT LOVE THE ALBUM THOUGH (HALF OF IT…

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  4. Lucas

    Flawless.

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  5. blackguyfromNY

    wow… i think i just got an explosion in my levi jeans.
    she really is taking over hip hop. thats good

    cant wait for the haters to come and talk smack though.

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  6. Abdullah

    HOTTER THAN HELL

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  7. Mr. Zolanski

    This photoshoot has to be the best shoot Nicki has done to date I absolutely love these photos..this shows that she can make anything look good also shows the soft side of her somewhat n the black and white shots and the bold and fearless side n the color shots … I love this female to death

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  8. Teamminajdollz

    This is awesome So fetch and Nicki’s coming to London 

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  9. SevenFootSounds

    DAMN !

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  10. tia

    yawnnnn she should be a model cause she does more photoshoots than songs … her nose is ever changing … please someone new n fresh come into the game cause nicki garbag is a case of deja vu (lil kim)

    all hype and 0 substance .. she won’t be around for long .. cause she cannot live upto her hype .. look at mc hammer — he had a dimond album but noo substance — where is he now. ill wait

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  11. @BoiWitOutAH3Art

    She Iz Hella Dope!

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  12. YYYAASSS

    BAD ASS!!! I effin love it!! NO rap chic is effin with Nicki. She pulled this shoot off! I don’t even think Rihanna coulda pulled this off and she’s the Queen of fierce photoshoots. #TeamMinaj all day errday. #BeleeDatWoe

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  13. spicidee

    This one will have to grow on me

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  14. WhyYouMad

    Damn Nicki… I swear you can pull off anything! You are spitting fire in your haters faces and I love it!…

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  15. GangsterA

    yes yes its hooooootttttt work nicki work huny fucking fierce

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  16. GangsterA

    its hot hot hot i love it and look at her cute butt ahah she lost alot of weight her butt is way more smaller than in the massive attack video #getem nicki

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  17. Jbird

    Damn Nicki! She’s not playin.

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  18. AAA

    Damnnnnn!!!!!!! Yessssssss Nicki!!!!! My girl is on the move, I love these pictures!!!! All of them

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  19. Orlando

    omfg this is bad assness u go gurl

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  20. ST8OFEMS

    I see ya babi !!!

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  21. walla

    yea nicki!!sweeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeet cover :-)

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  22. walla

    & WICKED SHOT!!!!!!!!!!! CHIKOW! CHICOW!!! LOL REALLY COOL

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  23. Roman Zolanski

    the fuckin truth feel in love <3 with the paint !

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  24. lol

    she’s giving me high fashion, i love it.

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  25. Jarvis

    ol’ Afrika Bambata lookin ass! lol

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  26. TOOFRESH

    THIS IS HIGH FASHION DONE DIFFRENTLY! THIS GIRL IS GENIUS!!!!!!SHE COULD EASILY BE SLEEK AND DEMURE BUT NICKI DECIDED TO CAPTURE YOUR ATTENTION AND HOLD IT BY THE BALLS!!! #BELEEDATWOE

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  27. daisy eldonato

    i definitely now that this is my favorite photoshoot of her

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  28. JAYE

    i love it!

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  29. BARIBE MINAJ

    she lookz amazang i luv it!!!

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  30. Abdullah

    she gotta keep her hair like dis

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  31. namzii

    JESUS, MARY, AND JOSEPH!!

    .falls off chair.
    i swear not just hers but THE most bad ass mag shoot yet..
    shit just gave me LIFE.x

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  32. nay

    Lmfao damn y’all weak ass kim fans never get enough of nicki!! Lol think nicki for gettin kim them interviews she got … ! Lmaoo kim has too talk about nicki to be relevant! U mad cause kim hasn’t covered a magazine since 96? Lol yeah stay mad haters #TeamNicki!

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  33. fi

    the only way to make her fat legs look good is to incorporate them into the styling>
    body paint is in trend, also the keith harring graphics
    ( madonna did in the 1985 like a virgin tour)this here , rihanna lame attempt from rude boy etc is all a remake.
    the styling is on point though
    the artist is not!
    what did she do? what except marketing and money?
    i would love this to be the cover of the forbes…yeah…that would make sense cause it seems like she is making cash.
    so , i will sit down until her 15 minutes of fame is over…lets see if any of these chicks have the longevity of a madonna, a cher, a streisand or the fierceness of a naomi, a watley or the talent of a lil kim, salt & pepa, lyte or latifah…
    bring it on!

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  35. kiki

    :O

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  36. tehe!

    i LOVE it =)

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  37. MArtin

    I like, Nicki but she needs to stop using photoshop for her covers! SHe is not that light skinned!!

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  38. Nikki

    Love it!

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  39. SmoothCriminal

    ilove this it reminds me of my other girl,grace jones she did something similar back in the day, but hers was on steroids grace jones was the full totem,any ways keep doing your thing nicki,you looking mad cute.

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  40. h8ermagnet

    <#3

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  41. Scarlette

    It’s her face! that’s the problem!

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  42. Brionna

    i dont like the face paint but i love everything else

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  43. jeremydante

    major, major, major!!

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  44. Alejandro

    For all the ppl that don’t like her why do ya’ll constantly read articles about her and comment her shit??? ya’ll some fuckin lame ass lifeless bitches get a hobbie!

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  45. MzMimiMarieTrick

    ALL I GOTTA SAY IZ SHIT…..GOT DAMN GOT DAMN GOT DAMN NICKI!!! I GET WAT SHE MEANZ BY CHANGIN ERRDAY…I CAN LEARN 4RM HER!=^D

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  46. leena

    i love it

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  47. SQIUD

    imagine, who painted that

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  48. @MikeyLovesNicki

    sooo sexyyy

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  49. Cody

    :O
    SEXXXXXXXY NICKI!!!

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  50. fizzle

    yaaaaasss gra, She do look like the voodoo lady in the pic w/ the paint on her face but i love it. im just realizing that was paint on her legs, totally fooled me thought they were leggings. I’m loving it overall.

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  51. lil mama

    yea while the lames are scrapping for a hit nicki continues to get spreads on top fashion mags #stepyoshitup
    i wouldnt expect alot of people to understand this type of fashion and photography so im impressed with the comments
    thats my bitch tho i swear haters done got me to love this girl even more

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  52. Indiana

    i like, but she looks like them doods in Indiana Jones: Temple of Dooom lmao

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  53. boog

    ily ma boo

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  54. M&M

    Ok she looks nice…but how is this her baddest photo shoot…i mean her poses look the same to me..like most of her other shoots…just saying

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  55. Toasty

    she is so fine…but she really is becoming the ‘lady gaga’ of hip hop…i guess thats what u gotta do in order to make it…but if i walked around wearing a pink wig or a meat dress…i guess i would catch somebodys attention…awesome shoot though…gorgeous!!!

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  56. wael sokkar

    iam your friend

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  57. wael sokkar

    very nice

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  58. x

    fuck this bitch

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  59. alicia's a homewrecka

    the first face shot is scary but I like the remaining shots. I guess they did that face shot to give shock value…it will make you want to pick up the magazine and see what’s going on with her.

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  60. BRANDON

    YOU KNO WHAT NICKI I FEEL YOU WEN YOU SAID THAT YOU DONT SILENCES YOU VOICE YOU LET THEM SPEAK AND WEN I THINK ABOUT IT THATS ME I BEEN TRYIN TO RUN FROM IT BUT NOW I CANT AND THE WAY I FEEL ITS TIME FOR ME TO BE KNOWN I SEE YOU SOON GONE

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  61. ryan23945

    anyone see that one batman movie w/george clooney and chris o’donell

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  62. From Tokyo

    Don’t y’all get tired of arguing over the SAME STUFF EVERY DAY? But on her situation: overexposure much? People are fickle and will tire of you when the next thing comes along. I don’t care anyway, but still.

    Anyway, some I like, some I don’t – the facial expressions are extra and even if it’s part of her gimmick it just looks ridiculous and takes away from her look, which she IS cashing in on. She should model instead – I’d love to see a full-on revolution in fashion/modeling of very curvy girls (not “thick” a.k.a. fat).

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  64. dallas daniel hessler junior

    rock it

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  65. anija

    I love nicki im so obsessed with her i got every song and pic of her nobody could be obsessed like me

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