Nicki Minaj is Now (Officially) a Model

Nicki Minaj is Now (Officially) a Model

But hasn't she been one all along?

But hasn't she been one all along?

Text: Ian David Monroe

Any one of the 77.2 million followers of Billboard record-breaker Nicki Minaj knows that the rapper can work a camera. Whether posing backstage at her concerts, sitting front row at fashion week, or candidly walking the streets of Paris, you are never going to catch Nicki at a bad angle. Need further proof? Just check out her V92 cover story shot by Mario Testino below.

With Instagram as her impressive portfolio of versatile looks, modeling agencies took notice and it was only a matter of time until one had her signing. That lucky agency is Wilhelmina, who made the announcement official yesterday. How Nicki will balance her ever-growing responsibilities is unclear, but that's what bosses do: make it work.

"I love the synergy between my music and how it inspires my fashion," said Minaj in a statement. "My message is always about celebrating your own style. I'm thrilled and honored to have signed with Wilhelmina. They get me.”

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