PHOTOS: A Beautiful NEW Side to Nicki Minaj

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Nicki Minaj shows off  a whole new, artistic side in the latest issue of W Magazine for their “Art & Fashion” issue.  This 18th-century courtesan shoot was the work of Francesco Vezzoli.

“I wanted to play with the public image of a female hip-hop star,” said the Italian artist. “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.”

Minaj takes on 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,” he says Vezzoli.

I think this work is brilliant.  And I love how it shows a much tamer side to Minaj.  She’s generally always stunning, but this new light is breathtaking.  What do you guys think?

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