Nicki Minaj Goes Classical For W Magazine [PHOTOS]

In a new editorial spread for the November issue of W Magazine, artist Francesco Vezzoli tells the magazine how he transformed Nicki Minaj in to classic art. Vezzoli said of Minaj:

“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.”

PHOTOS: Nicki Minaj’s Busy Outfit At The 2011 MTV Video Music Awards

Minaj surprised two pint-sized pop fans yesterday on The Ellen DeGeneres Show. Sophia Grace Brownlee, an adorable British girl in an pink tutu, became a Youtube superstar last month for her rousing performance of Nicki’s song “Super Bass.”

Nicki surprised her 12-year-old You Tube super fan Sophia Grace Brownlee on Ellen and, well, just watch…

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