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Nicki Minaj COVERS "W" Magazine's November 2011 Art & Fashion Issue + T.I. Working On Relationship Book With Tiny

Dressed as an 18-century courtesan, Nicki Minaj covers the November issue of "W" Magazine.  Get the deets inside and find out about the new books T.I. is working on....

For the Art & Fashion issue of "W" Magazine, Nicki Minaj was transformed by photographer/artist Francesco Vezzoli and styled by Edward Enninful to showcase the types of women during the 18h century--which was glamourous in its own right.

In the cover photo, directed by Pasquale Abbattista, Nicki wore a Dior Haute Couture’s silk chiffon embroidered dress; Mastoloni 18k white gold, cultured pearl, and diamond bracelets (worn on both wrists); MAC Matchmaster Foundation SPF 15 in 7.5; This & That Mineralize Eye Shadow; Going for Gold Technakohl Eye-Liner Kajal; Haute & Naughty Lash mascara in Black; and Cremesheen lipstick in Spice Is Nice.

 

Nicki was shot as Madame Barbe de Rimsky-Korsakov....

 

She wore a Vera Wang’s garza and French tulle ballgown.

Famed photog Vezzoli explained why he wanted to use Nicki as his subject:

"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."

 

Next up was the Rococo Portrait of Nicki as Jeanne Bécu, Comtesse du Barry

 

She wore a Dior Haute Couture’s silk chiffon embroidered dress. Mastoloni 18k white gold, cultured pearl, and diamond bracelets; and vintage Manolo Blahnik shoes.

Vezzolia also revelaed his inspiration behind this shoot:

"In her performances, Minaj makes very explicit and ­challenging use of her beauty and her body, so I thought of comparing her to some of the most famous courtesans in history: the Marquise de ­Montespan, Comtesse du Barry, Madame de Pompadour, and ­Madame Rimsky-­Korsakov. My idea was to reproduce four iconic portraits of some of the most fascinating females of the past in a series starring an American pop-culture role model. We tried to re-create those original portraits using similar furniture, props, and clothing, à la Visconti. Luckily enough, the result came out as surreal as it could be, just as I wished."

Then Nicki posed as Françoise Athénaïs de Rochechouart de Mortemart, Marquise de Montespan

 
 
Here, Nicki wears a Dior Haute Couture’s silk embroidered ensemble; Saint Vintage brass and vintage Czech glass bead necklace (in hair); and a David Yurman 18k yellow gold and pearl necklace.
 
 
Then, she posed as Jeanne Antoinette Poisson, Marquise de Pompadour
 

She wore a Western Costume Company’s lace and silk brocade dress; Mastoloni 18k white gold, cultured pearl, and diamond bracelets.

 
Interesting photoshoot.  Check out the interview with the photog here.

 

 

And on bookshelves....

 

T.I. is set to release his first fiction novel, Power & Beauty: A Love Story of Life on the Streets (with co-writer David Ritz) on Tuesday, Oct. 18 and is already planning its sequel.  He recently told XXL,

“We’re right at the end of [Power & Beauty II] right now.  We’re trying to figure out how to end two and begin three.”

Published by William Morrow/Harper Collins, the book follows the lives of lovers Paul “Power” Clay and Tanya “Beauty” Long trying to make it in the Big Apple. 

He also revealed he is working on a relationship book with Tiny. 

“Tameka and I, we looking to do [a] his and her relationship book, how to get right and keep it tight.”

If getting it right involves multiple out of wedlock births and trips to jail....I guess.

W magazine credits: Hair: Terrence Davidson/ Maakeup by Aaron de Mey/ Manicure by Honey at Exposure NY/ Set design by Stefan Beckman

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the pics of Nikki are pretty

the pics of Nikki are pretty good, BUT the face expressions just does not fit the concept of the shoot. its her normal performing expressions and she needed to go for something a little more natural other than that huge accomplishment...you go girl!!!! as for TI *shurgs shoulders*
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Must she always buck her

Must she always buck her eyes?
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T.I. and Tiny have been

T.I. and Tiny have been together for years and now they are married which is more than can be said for the majority of black people. Maybe it wouldn't hurt to read their relationship book. I wonder how many of the people dogging the idea don't even have a committed relationship let alone a marriage.
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Nice photos!

Nice photos!
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LMAO @ Natasha's comment

LMAO @ Natasha's comment about multiple out of wedlock births and trips to jail. It won't surpise me if people will actually cop that book. They are definitely NOT the poster children for providing advice about relationships. SMH!
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Thats a maaaaajor

Thats a maaaaajor accomplishment for Nicki! Next is a Vouge cover hopefully.
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She look stupid as usual.

She look stupid as usual.
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even when she's not making a

even when she's not making a face...she's making a face LOL I think all the growling & circus clowning she does has caught up with her lol
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Please T.I. stick to rapping.

Please T.I. stick to rapping. I don't want to see a BOOK from you or Tiny. Is he serious?
Anonymous's picture

I know we dogg Nicki out

I know we dogg Nicki out about her crazy over the top outfits but I think it's working for her. I think the powers that be are loving her crazieness and giving her big props. I don't care for these pictures but she is on the cover. Do you Nicki.
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Big ups to Nicki and thank

Big ups to Nicki and thank you W for the cover I love the pics I see Nicki Is coming back to hiphop slowly Im a huge fan I love her movement Im glad she got the pop tour out the way hopefully more hard spitting specially now Female Rappers are MAking that come back LiKE SHE promised they would Iggy honey cocaine and others will be thanking Nicki soon I love this Spread will have about 2
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She looks silly! She is

She looks silly! She is silly...
Anonymous's picture

Agreed!!! and LMBO @ Tasha

Agreed!!! and LMBO @ Tasha "multiple babies out of wedlock and trips to jail" lol... agreed! This 2 are the last ones I would take relationship advice from... His and Her mugshots are not the business lol...ijs
imjustsayin's picture

She looks like she wants to

She looks like she wants to crack up. Sorry, not feeling the face.
Anonymous's picture

The Cover of W?! That's big.

The Cover of W?! That's big. GO NICKI!
Anonymous's picture

I LOVE the fact that W gave

I LOVE the fact that W gave her this spread HOWEVER, i dont think they should have made her so pale.. yes i know that the women she's portaying were white but c'mon.. they could have left her with some of her freakin color!
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BOL @ "If getting it right

BOL @ "If getting it right involves multiple out of wedlock births and trips to jail....I guess."
ShreveportShawty's picture

this is so crazy balling -

this is so crazy balling - young black female rapper on the cover of W!
Anonymous's picture

The First Black Female Rapper

The First Black Female Rapper to do this cover and to all the haters that laughed at her when she said that wants to make Hundreds millions of dollars you should be kicking yourself in the ass because shes on her way Nikki keep it up
Anonymous's picture

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Natasha I don't know think TI and Tiny and THEYBF.COM (for that matter ) demographic is but here a clue: multiple out of wedlock births and trips to jail.
Anonymous's picture

......? bitch, pay attention

......? bitch, pay attention in English class. They will teach you how to form a proper sentence.
litebrite's picture

huh?

huh?
imjustsayin's picture

Such poor

Such poor articulation......Wht were you attempting to say? And, if you were attempting to throw shade at Natasha, TI, or Tiny, you failed miserably & only showed YOUR IGNORANCE. Now, go have a seat! You are on punishment for the ENTIRE WEEKEND for this foolish, uncomprehensible post.
ShreveportShawty's picture

Ha!...but right...I read that

Ha!...but right...I read that sentence like 5 times and still dont know what the fuck they was saying. Proof read. Its scary the education level of ppl these days...and these same ppl are helping their kids with homework... :/ ...can you say society=hell in a handbasket
Michelle's picture

This is huge! On the cover of

This is huge! On the cover of "W" and she is a rapper. Gone head Nicki. I like the pics. very artsy fartsy.
The str8 TRUTH!'s picture

pics r horrible,,,same

pics r horrible,,,same look,,,,duh!!!!!
Anonymous's picture

Love her, say what you want

Love her, say what you want chick is doing it! The first 2 pics she looks beautiful simply cause she was stripped down from all of he gook of makeup and costumey stuff she usually wears. If every mag she poses in has to do this that should tell her something. Less is more. The shape of her face is beautiful Would love to see her wear it long and straight and not in a bob just once. The third pic makes me think of Mona Lisa because she looks odd. The last pic looks good, love the clothes, the hair not so much. T. I.'s book looks like it will be good, as far as the one with Tiny, bad idea. The idea of telling a woman to hold a man down, raise his babies, and keep her goodies on lock and turning down real men who would have enough respect for himself and her and recognize their purpose in life is ridiculous. I am so sick of that mentality that men feel that a woman supposed to "hold them down" if they get locked up. Tiny is talented and really did not have to wait on him, this is true, but telling every other man or woman to do it is beyond me. That is on the same level as these chicks who get pregnant by these ball players to get paid or recently a damn reality show.
nolagirl's picture

I LOVE this photoshoot,

I LOVE this photoshoot, Nicki! I usually don't like her "unusualness" but this fits her :-) Great job!
DSTDiva's picture

I love stuff like this!

I love stuff like this! LOVE! NICKI looks AMAZING! I'm getting this issue. Maybe a few of them. This is what a magazine should be. So much better than anything EBONY magazine would come up with! What a great concept! This is so visually compelling!
FURIOUS FoX's picture

I like the fact that she's

I like the fact that she's not wearing a chicken wing around her neck. The pictures are definitely different. I like the 2nd one. She looks somewhat startled in the rest of them.
aholmes925's picture

OMG. .that is a awesome

OMG. .that is a awesome spread for Nicki. . .for those educated and love European history, will know the story of these women well. This just goes right along with Nicki's originality!!!!!
Anonymous's picture

1st comment woopwoop

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Ivory's picture

I don't think TI and Tiny are

I don't think TI and Tiny are the the positon to write a "how to" relationship book, but what do I know? Some people may think they hold the blueprint....... I for one won't be checking for it!
JoJo's picture

half and half .... half i

half and half .... half i love half not so much buts it definietly diffent unique and edgy!
Anonymous89 aka Sitting Pretty's picture

I kinda like this photoshoot

I kinda like this photoshoot of Nicki...but that pic of her in the purple dress is hilarious!!! LOL
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