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Nicki Minaj has conquered almost every facet of show business and the fashion industry. The 34-year-old rapper has soared with number one albums. She has tried her hand at acting on the big screen, and she has judged vocal competitions on the small screen. She has dabbled in fashion design, produced a successful line of fragrances, and worn a catalog of creative costumes during her career. She even has a new book on the way. But she is nowhere near being finished. The latest news is that the hip-hop goddess is ready to take on another gig: modeling.
The news, which Vogue broke this week, is that Nicki Minaj signed a modeling contract with the NYC-based modeling agency Wilhemina. Nicki Minaj proudly reposted the announcement on her Instagram to share with her 77 million followers. The announcement suggested Minaj would join the celebrity division of Wilhemina, which also represents stars Demi Lovato, Nick Jonas, Nyle DiMarco, and Shawn Mendes.
This exciting venture may be new for the prolific rapper. However, it is not the Young Money MC's first time at the rodeo--or on the runway, as the case may be. Previously, Minaj was the face of designer Roberto Cavalli's 2015 spring campaign. Before that collaboration, Minaj worked with designer Jeremy Scott on an Adidas campaign that also featured Sky Ferreira and 2NE1. Plus, she has participated in tons of fashion shoots with acclaimed photographers, such as Mario Testino, Inez van Lamsweerde, and Vinoodh Matadin. Here's a look at her earlier modeling work, below.
In our opinion, Wilhemina's decision to hire Nicki Minaj seems well timed. Last month, Minaj received a lot of press for turning heads at Paris Fashion Week when she showed up in a revealing outfit to see the collections. Then this month, Billboard announced that Nicki Minaj had set a new record for women artists by landing 76 entries on its Hot 100 chart, more than even the Queen of Soul, Aretha Franklin.
So, Nicki Minaj certainly knows how to grab attention with her outrageous sense of style and her provocative works, but better yet, she rises to every occasion and seizes each "Moment 4 Life." We think it will be exciting to see what Nicki Minaj brings to the table as a Wilhemina model. But what do you think? Is modeling a step in the right direction for Minaj's career, or should she focus on a different path?