PAPER Magazine has just released it’s Spring 2012 Fashion Issue, and they’ve chosen the “new” Black Barbie aka Nicki Minaj as their cover girl! Inside the mag, Nicki is interviewed by style expert and creative ambassador-at-large of Barneys New York, Simon Doonan.
“We love Nicki’s unique style and unconventional look and Simon has devoted his career to celebrating fashion odd-balls and women who push the envelope (see his book Wacky Chicks).” – PAPER
The two talk about everything from how Minaj deals with the pressures of fame, to their mutual obsession with Big Ang from VH1’s reality series Mob Wives.
On handling her fame:
“Success came and now that so many eyes are on me, I feel I have to deliver. And it’s a business. No joke. I guess I am stressing more than I should be, and I think I am becoming more guarded.”
On sitting next to Vogue Editor-in-Chief Anna Wintour at New York Fashion Week:
“I was screaming out loud inside my head. Me sitting next to the Queen of Vogue! It was such a strange experience. I felt like I was dreaming. And I thought she would be snobby or something. But she was so incredibly sweet to me.”
On the new album:
“The album is like a collage of all my emotions. I am not sticking to any particular style. I am doing what I feel without restrictions. So it’s very free and very me.”
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