Nicky Minaj hit the come up on magazine covers after sitting next to Vogue’s editor-in-chief, Anna Wintour, during fashion week. Nicki has been transformed by artist Francesco Vezzoli who is fascinated with women in power in history. When asked why Nicki, here’s what Francesco Vezzoli had to say:
BIESENBACH: You have a history of collaborating with celebrities. What interested you in working on a project with Nicki Minaj?
VEZZOLI: 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.
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