Nicki Minaj wears Japanese designer Shojono Tomo.
There was a time when Nicki Minaj was maybe a little less about unbridled shock factor and more focused on good old-fashioned American sex appeal. Not to say that the two are mutually exclusive by ANY means (uhhh, have you ever seen Megan Fox? Because personally, I’m shocked at nature every time I lay eyes on her), but despite retaining a clear affinity for all things skintight and hella revealing, Nicki’s new favored aesthetic doesn’t ooze “animal magnetism”/”humanahumana” so much as “plasticine ’80s comic book.”
Nicki Minaj in sexier ensembles.
This recent transition from SKINSKINSKIN to a kind of Cyndi Lauper meets Jem and the Holograms visual collision can be partially attributed to her newfound love of Harajuku label Enocdouter, namely its printed leggings (perhaps distant thought-vein cousins of Robyn’s beloved McQueen leggings?). The brainchild of indie Japanese designer Shojono Tomo, the candy colors, pop art graphics, and “soul of an eternal child” mind-set running through every piece is 100 percent in line with Nicki’s Barbie alter ego. I mean, if that platinum thumb-in-the-electric-socket ’do doesn’t scream “Barbie and the Rockers” to you, I don’t know what will.
We welcome Nicki’s Harajuku Barbie look with open arms (and wallets, if Nicki propels the label to develop an e-commerce site accessible from the states). It just makes so much sense and feels so warm and fuzzy on our brains, like a nostalgic beacon to innocence and childhood and plastic neon clip-on earrings but in a high-heel stomping way. Also, less like we need a cold shower.