‘Fendi Prints On’: Nicki Minaj Reveals 127-Piece Collaboration With Fendi And Teases New Album

She may well have announced her retirement but Nicki Minaj is nevertheless at function, providing initial appears at a new collection with Fendi. She initially teased the collaboration in July, and now tells Elle that her fans “are going to be truly shocked when they see that I did feel of points for them. I completely know that there are a lot of individuals who feel that they cannot afford Fendi…If you really like your style, then in some cases you save up for specific points that you truly really like.”

In an exclusive with the magazine, Minaj, shows off appears from the 127-piece capsule collection. Appropriately named for the ‘Chun-Li’ lyric “Fendi Prints On,” the styles are, as to be anticipated, complete of Fendi logos, Barbie pink, a lot of shine, and lots of skin—much like the cover of the aforementioned single.

“I cannot think that when I was performing that small image that day, with the Fendi jacket and Fendi panties on…I didn’t feel that the actual firm would feel that that was dope,” Minaj tells Elle. “To know that they liked it that substantially, and now it is on a T-shirt, is so iconic to me.”

But although the aesthetic is decidedly attractive, in maintaining with Minaj’s expressed want to get started a loved ones, the line consists of Fendi-branded offerings for females, males, and young children. Speaking with Elle, Minaj spoke plainly about the logomania that has lengthy been synonymous with hip-hop.

Specific brands have normally been sought following, for the reason that we’d hear rappers rap about them all our lives, and we feel that these brands signify some sort of accomplishment in life. And then, when you are in a position to truly afford them, it feels like, ‘Wow, I’ve achieved one particular of my ambitions, at least in the style globe. Now, seeking back, I do not feel brands make me prosperous, but I do feel that there are specific ones out there, like Fendi, that make females really feel glamorous…it’s super confident. It is like, ‘I do not give a fuck what you really feel about it, this is what I’m rocking.’ Hip-hop embodies that cockiness.”

The luxury label agrees. “What we liked about Nicki is that she plays with feminine codes, but from her point of view, which is that of a really robust, independent, prosperous lady,” Fendi’s inventive director, Silvia Venturini Fendi, tells Elle. “She talks about getting robust and having what you want, and I feel that it is sort of liberating for females.”

Minaj, who did tease an upcoming album with “a way larger sound” to Elle, says she’d like to liberate females by “[making] garments that make girls with my physique appear sexy…What I want [to tell] girls is not necessarily, ‘Go and achieve weight and have a significant booty,’ but ‘If you do have curves, be proud of it, flaunt it—love the skin you are in.’ As clichéd as that sounds, I’ve been truly attempting to teach myself that. ‘This is who I am take me or leave me, bye!’”