Dressed in a colorful tutu and sporting blue cotton candy-like hair, Minaj took in the runway scene, which included sequined mini-dresses, floral prints and, of course, a whole lot of leopard. MTV News caught up with the rapper just moments before the show began and she told us what it was like to meet her fashion icon.
"She's a free spirit," Minaj said of Johnson. "When I met her the other day, I felt like I knew her for my whole life. She's so warm and considerate and caring. She's amazingly talented and I've been wearing her clothes forever, so to meet her was like, 'Yay!' [I was] bowing down to her; she's dope!"
The affection was mutual. Backstage at Johnson's show — which featured a DJ, cupcakes, balloons and posters of Minaj with Johnson's face on them — the designer revealed that this line couldn't have been created without the hip-hop star.
"I was watching Nicki Minaj and my daughter Lulu, and I'm thinking, 'They are the body type,' " Johnson said of making the looks for her spring line. "I love [Nicki] and she really wears my stuff. She likes real tight; she's just my most, most, most favorite girl right now."
So how does it feel to be Betsey Johnson's muse?
"I just think it's amazing," Minaj told us. "I remember I was living in Queens and I couldn't afford Betsey, so I would, like, window-shop by her store and then I would go to the cheaper places. She had a Nicki Minaj [inspiration] board in her office, and it was so many pictures and wigs and all these things and clippings that she took of me and I'm like, 'Oh my gosh!' It was so emotional."
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