Nicki Minaj And Rihanna’s ‘Fly’ Music Video Look By Look

A still from Nicki Minaj’s music video “Fly.”
Photo: Cash Money Records

It’s finally here, the moment you’ve all been waiting for! Yes, we’re talking about the VMAs, DUH, but also the mega-gigantic-MASSIVENESS that is the brand spankin’ new “Fly” video from one of our biggest style crushes, Nicki Minaj, featuring our other style superstar fave, Rihanna. Is your fash-brain exploding as much ours is right now?! We get TWO STYLE-SLAYING SUPERSTARS for the price of ONE video! And the amount of unprecedented fashhhhhh-ON and rapid-fire costume changes is SO INSANELY AMAZING in this vid, that we really don’t have enough words to describe it (but that’s mostly because our mouths are still agape and our eyeballs are blurred by what is, truly, a MONUMENTAL STYLE MOMENT in MODERN MUSIC VIDEO HISTORY. No joke.)

Both Minaj and Rihanna seem to be having their own individual style moments this summer. Nicki has already stated that her debut album, ’Pink Friday,’ is her heart and soul, and has spent the last several months churning out videos, performances, and TV appearances to promote it while DRAMATICALLY changing up her look along the way. She’s given us a Japanese candy-pop Barbie look mashed with an homage to Jem and the Holograms, while Rihanna has gone from a show-stopping crim$on-locked mermaid to a feathery blue Fraggle (yes, Fraggle). But you best prepare yo’selves for “Fly,” because these ladies brrrrring it in the style depot like nobody’s BIZ. Directed by female filmmaker Sanaa Hamri, the female empowering vid has the ladeees dressed as everything from a pink metal princess and apocalyptic phoenix rising from the ashes to a white vinyl robot and futuristic flower with leopard-print hair. There’s just way too much to describe, THUS, we’re gonna break it down for ya style-by-insane-style, OK?

A still from Nicki Minaj’s music video “Fly.”
Photo: Cash Money Records

Hello, stomp-our-hearts-out, thigh-high, leath-AHHH platform boots! Where have you been all our lives? Oh, just hanging out SHACKLED to Nicki Minaj’s legs, right? You scare us a little, but we CRAZY LOVE you.

A still from Nicki Minaj’s music video “Fly.”
Photo: Cash Money Records

We’ve seen a glittery eyelid, but this glitter eyeliner ABOVE and BELOW Nicki’s eyes is taking it to a whole NEW LEVEL. Seriously, how long can her anime-doe eyelashes get?! Glitter eyeliner + pastel pink lipstick = GORGE.

A still from Nicki Minaj’s music video “Fly.”
Photo: Cash Money Records

Oh, Ri Ri, you never let us down. These fiery red, buckled (TREND ALERT!) platform heels are murdering our souls. Who knew they could make this dangling, black shredded pom-pom fringe skirt look so ELEGANT?

A still from Nicki Minaj’s music video “Fly.”
Photo: Cash Money Records

STOP. CAN’T. TAKE. IT. Rihanna’s mesh dress and MEGA-RED hair ensemble is as triumphant as a FIREBIRD rising from the ashes. (Seriously can’t stop thinking about those shoes.) We don’t even know where to begin with Nicki M. She’s a Pepto pink, post-apocalyptic, Mad Max princess in that short n’ sculpted dress. And the bouffant, asymmetrical ’do? AHHHH-MAAAAZE.

A still from Nicki Minaj’s music video “Fly.”
Photo: Cash Money Records

“I’m a pastel-pink pixie ready to flutter around your hair dreams. Don’t deny me.”

A still from Nicki Minaj’s music video “Fly.”
Photo: Cash Money Records

OK, HOOOOLD UP. You guys, that’s LEOPARD HAIR. Leopard printed hair. (Please excuse us while we HYPERVENTILATE.) Nicki Minaj might possibly be the only person IN THE WORLD who can wear a metallic, flower-pouffe dress with this LEOPARD FIERCENESS and pull it off like a PRO. Incidentally, Rihanna’s white, mosaic-robot dress is the ultimate Saturday night dress, right? Simple yet complex, body-con, and totally head-turning.

A still from Nicki Minaj’s music video “Fly.”
Photo: Cash Money Records

MOHAWK-whaaaa????? First of all, this superhero leotard outfit tipped out in fur boots could knock out a ninja with the sheer force of it’s white-lightning power. Period.

A still from Nicki Minaj’s music video “Fly.”
Photo: Cash Money Records

But this bleached zebra MOHAWK hair? You might as well trample over our style-obsessed souls like you MEAN IT because you know what, Nicki Minaj? You WIN.

+ WATCH THE FULL ’FLY’ MUSIC VIDEO BELOW!!!

Watch the 2011 MTV Video Music Awards live from Nokia Theatre L.A. in Los Angeles on Sunday, Aug. 28, at 9 p.m. ET/PT on MTV and MTV.com. Catch the live preshow at 8 p.m. ET/PT and cast your votes for Best New Artist up until the show airs!

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