Oh, Outré: Nicki Minaj Goes Blue in Vogue Friday 24 February, 2012

Rapper Nicki Minaj is painted head to toe in blue in this month’s Vogue, proving yet again that the songstress is not one to shy away from strange beauty.

Oh my … someone’s looking very blue in the March 2012 issue of Vogue. I adore the fact that pint-size rapper Nicki Minaj pushes beauty buttons. Say what you will about her outlandish tactics: She’s a risk-taker, for sure, and her pursuit of the odd makes her interesting. Listen, she’s not cookie-cutter; she’s not vanilla—she let’s her freak flag fly high. And that’s what makes her a natural choice for beauty brands like OPI and MAC Cosmetics to buddy up with on capsule collaborations (right now, she’s the spokesperson for MAC Viva Glam).

 Nicki Minaj Blue Makeup Vogue

So naturally Minaj is game to take on the guise of a Marilyn-cum-Smurfette, painted by the highly talented makeup artist Stéphane Marais. And topped with a flossy cotton-candy wig, no less! (Styled to perfection by Terrence Davidson.) Though she tells Vogue all of this outré flash is simply for show (her ensembles are “costumes, not outfits”), no matter the intent, I’m just glad she’s willing to put on that show.

What do you think of Minaj’s over-the-top beauty?

Karie L. Frost Signature

(Photo lensed by Steven Klein, courtesy of Vogue)

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