Nicki Minaj’s ‘Freedom’ Music Video: Look By Look

A still from Nicki Minaj’s “Freedom” music video.
Photo: Vevo/ Cash Money Records Inc.

Not even exaggerating, we’ve watched Nicki Minaj’s new “Freedom” video a good TEN times since it premiered last night. And no, it wasn’t even because of this post— it’s because the pop superstar looks so freaking pretty throughout the entire thing, we had no choice but to keep pressing ’repeat’! We already know Nicki’s got her beauty and fashion game on lock these days, but for her new vid the singer ditches the bustiers, tutus, and Zenon-inspired ensembles for a toned-down (for her, at least) wardrobe of glittery gowns, decadent furs, and more than one crown. After all, if there’s ANYONE fit to be queen bee, it’s this lady.

A still from Nicki Minaj’s “Freedom” music video.
Photo: Vevo/ Cash Money Records Inc.

For the first half of the 5-minute clip we’re seeing things in black and white: a lone staircase, a sole cross, and some scary-looking clouds. Along with all this religious symbolism there’s brunette Nicki, standing on deserted railroad tracks dressed in a black floor-length dress. At first it’s tough to truly appreciate the leather insets and intricate gorgeousness of her crown, but once the vid shifts to color mode around the 2-minute mark, we can get a glimpse of her outfit. It’s simple, chic, and juuuuust might the most minimal gown we’ve ever seen Nicki wear. As for the headpiece, it comes courtesy of London label Sorapol, and is the first of MANY times she reps the cult line in the vid.

A still from Nicki Minaj’s “Freedom” music video.
Photo: Vevo/ Cash Money Records Inc.

Next up, Nicki changes into a glittery long-sleeved Sorapol gown to REALLY cement her status as rap royalty. From the brand’s Spring/Summer12 collection, the dress is replete with a sequined top, poofy full-skirt, and massive gold embellishment. And because no queen ensemble would be complete without a golden crown, she’s laid a lavish headdress atop her straight blonde locks. YES, YES, AND YES.

A still from Nicki Minaj’s “Freedom” music video.
Photo: Vevo/ Cash Money Records Inc.

We’re mildly obsessed with the strapless Sorapol number Nicki’s wearing in this scene— maybe it’s the gold chains or the graphic print OR the jaunty side detailing, but this outfit makes her look like a really, really glamorous mermaid (go with us here…).

A still from Nicki Minaj’s “Freedom” music video.
Photo: Vevo/ Cash Money Records Inc.

Now Nicki’s wearing pants for the first time in the video, pairing her black leather skinnies with Sorapol’s furry jacket. Perched on a massive chair with wild black hair, the message is coming across loud and clear….bow down.

A still from Nicki Minaj’s “Freedom” music video.
Photo: Vevo/ Cash Money Records Inc.

Oh hai, another furry ensemble! But this time she’s wearing a leopard-print coat and working curly blonde ’do. If we weren’t so used to Nicki’s outrageous style, this luxe look is what we’d assume the rapper would wear on her days off- not this.

A still from Nicki Minaj’s “Freedom” music video.
Photo: Vevo/ Cash Money Records Inc.

Finally, we get a close-up of Nicki’s ridic neckpiece! This insanely gold statement accessory looks like an uber-cool cross between a choker and a collar, and we’ve made it our new mission in life to track it down for (and ourselves). Until we do, though, we’ll focus on Nicki’s beauty look— a dramatic swoop of eyeliner, some gold shadow, and subtle lipstick that’s way more grownup chic than Barbie pink.

And that’s a wrap! What do you think of Nicki Minaj’s royal “Freedom” wardrobe? Tell us in the comments!

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