Nicki Minaj was certainly the center of attention at the Haider Ackermann Paris Fashion Week show on Saturday when the “Anaconda” rapper opted to rock a Mugler jacket that exposed a breast and a metallic Agent Provocateur pastie.
The look immediately drew comparisons to Lil’ Kim’s iconic 1999 MTV Video Music Award outfit, which controversially boasted a similar silhouette. However, Minaj set the record straight the next day where her true inspiration came from.
As Minaj shared on Instagram, the ensemble was a modern interpretation of Pablo Picasso’s 1907 painting titled La Femme à l’Éventail (or, as its known in English, Woman With a Fan). Made during his cubist period, the piece is currently held at the Hermitage Museum in Saint Petersburg, Russia.
According to pablopicasso.org, “Picasso began by following the drawing in making the woman stare directly out at the spectator, in the completed painting it is the single uncovered breast which, Cyclops-like, stares unblinkingly, and all trace of individuality has been erased. With her white shift, rigid pose and throne-like seat, the woman seems like a priestess withdrawn in profound meditation, and since the viewpoint demands that we look up at her and she is much over life-size, we are bound to feel overawed.”
Yea, that makes sense now.