MTV Style Best Of 2010: Nicki Minaj's Top Looks

With her fabulous hair and wild, waist-cinching wardrobe, this was the year that Nicki Minaj hit her style stride. And the rapper's fashion risks have paid off in a big way—last month she launched her own lipstick with M.A.C, designers are clamoring for the opportunity to dress her for events, and she single-handedly made wearing head-to-toe bubble gum pink the couture thing to do. But has she reached style icon status? You be the judge...

AT THE BET AWARDS: Wearing bouncy orange curls and a long white tulle Rochas by Olivier Theyskens archival gown from the Spring 2004 collection, Nicki turned heads at the 2010 BET Awards show.

Nicki Minaj at the BET Awards on June 27.
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IN JUMPSUITS: To show off her killer curves on stage, Nicki often chose flashy, form-fitting catsuits, which she paired with above the knee or ankle boots and rainbow-colored locks.

Nicki Minaj on Feb. 27, June 6, and Sept. 12.
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AT THE BET STUDIOS: Save for her kelly green bob and sunny knee-high peep-toe boots, Nicki looked relatively demure for an appearance on BET.

Nicki Minaj visiting the BET studios on Mar. 31.
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AT HOT 97 SUMMER JAM: During a summer performance, Nicki looked fierce in an auburn angled bob, a fitted minidress, an armful of bracelets and some INSANE 2 Bitchez Deep spiked platform shoes.

Nicki Minaj performs at the Hot 97 Summer Jam on June 7.
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AT BET 'SPRING BLING': Showing her warrior style, Nicki hit the Spring Bling stage in a white romper with gold-plated torso and shoulder details.

Nicki Minaj performs during the BET 'Spring Bling' concert on April 10.
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IN VIDEO MUSIC AWARDS PROMOS: For the 2010 MTV Video Music Awards promo shots, Nicki dressed in '50s-inspired ensembles—below-the-knee a-line skirts and Lucille Ball red hair.

Nicki Minaj at a VMA promo shoot on July 22.
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IN 'VIBE' MAGAZINE: Decked out in puffy-sleeved dresses, thigh-high socks and boots, and ornate hairstyles, our favorite Barbie doll played the part in the June/July issue of Vibe magazine.

Nicki Minaj on the cover and spread from the June/July 2010 issue of 'VIBE' magazine.
Photo: 'VIBE' magazine


AT THE VH1 DIVAS SALUTE THE TROOPS: Nicki performed wearing a Versace floral print stretch dress from the Fall 2010 preview collection, teal tights, and super-high teal Christian Louboutin Misfit pumps. How she was able to walk in those shoes? Who knows!

Nicki Minaj during 'VH1 Divas Salute the Troops' on Dec. 3.
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AT THE AMERICAN MUSIC AWARDS: The petite rapper went glam (with a goth spin) in an embellished Manish Arora skeleton dress for the American Music Awards, which she teamed with green-tipped platinum locks.

Nicki Minaj at the American Music Awards on Nov. 21.
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AT HER BIRTHDAY PARTY: Nicki celebrated her 26th birthday looking ethereal in this pearl-and-crystal-encrusted catsuit from The Blonds Fall 2008 collection and long blonde strands.

Nicki Minaj at TAO at the Venetian on Dec. 9.
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