Nicki Minaj at Macy’s

Posted on November 26, 2012

Good morning, Precious Unborn Fawns! Did you miss us? We missed you. We found ourselves randomly assessing strangers’ outfits throughout the holiday and that’s something – we swear – we NEVER do. Our opinions got all backed up over the long weekend, so y’all better stand back, because we’re gonna spend the day unleashing a torrent of them. Sort of an opinion enema, if you will.

And with THAT little image in your heads, let’s all look at some cray.

Nicki Minaj attends launch of her fragrance “Pink Friday” at Macy’s Queens Center Mall in New York City.

Nicki Minaj IS Hillary Clinton on acid!

Y’know, we kind of love this for being very toned-down Nicki, and yet she still manages to be a little nuts at the same time. Normally, we’d rag on a gal for matching her hair to her shoes and her lips to her suit, but Miss Nicki is operating on a different plane and besides, dressing to shill your fragrance is kind of sui generis. The normal public appearance dressing rules don’t apply. And what else are you gonna wear when your fragrance is called Pink Friday? Having said that, it’s not tailored very well. Those pants look huge on her and the jacket looks too small – and makes her head look gigantic. Then again, the 40-pound wig is probably doing most of the work in that regard.


[Photo Credit: Kent Miller / PR Photos]

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  • I still don’t understand how she became famous….

    • It could have something to do with being an exceptionally talented self-promoter with a top-notch performing arts education, who spent several years promoting her music, developing her brand, and learning from successful artists within the hip-hop community before seeking mainstream recognition, but what do I know? 

      I know it’s popular to snark at artists that don’t appeal to you, but let’s face it: In modern popular music, the bar to entry is so high that no act gets household-name famous without being very, very good at what they do. That doesn’t mean what they do is “make music of enormous artistic and cultural value.” (Although I’d argue that at least some of Nicki’s music is valid and valuable meta-commentary on the evolution of rap…)

      • I don’t like her singing voice, but her ability to rap is flat-out amazing. I don’t question her fame for a second.

      • I agreed with your whole first paragraph, but you lost me with the first sentence of your second paragraph. Fame does not automatically equal talent. It never has.

        • (OMG, a TLo reply? I feel famous, but not talented, myself right now!)

          I acknowledge and accept your overall criticism, but I stick to my guns in terms of, if not fame, extraordinary success in the music industry. She’s the best-selling female act in rap history. You do not get to that level these days if you are not polished and prepared to be performing and brand-managing and, bottom line, selling records in every waking moment and most of your sleeping ones, too. She may not be the single most artistically talented act in female rap, although I’ll admit to being very partial to her myself, but she is the best-selling one for a reason and you do not become the best-selling artist in a mainstream genre by accident. 

          I know, I know, Justin Bieber, but even in the case of Bieber, you have to admit he has a natural talent for being famous, and he’s a genuinely talented singer, too. Exceptions can be made for acts snapped up and managed by very talented industry professionals–they’re not necessarily “extremely good at brand management” themselves, just managed by someone who is–but even then, there’s something there to begin with that isn’t there for other acts, including those with more musical and artistic value.

          Anyway, I think we agree on like 90% of this. And I am not ashamed to say I love Nicki and her crazy-ass wigs and crazy-ass clothes. Girl knows how to put on a show and you never see her “off.” I respect just her raw ability to be this crazy, media-friendly, record-selling character every moment of every day more than I respect her music as music. (And I do genuinely like a lot of her music.)

          • I have no issue with your defense of Nicki, who is talented, as far as we’re concerned. But there are far too many totally un-talented famous people in the history of popular culture for us to ever subscribe to the idea that fame=talent.

          • There’s just a difference between “Kim Kardashian fame” and “top-selling musical act in her genre EVER” fame. I mean, both involve a prodigious booty and some staged “shocking” performances, but Kim K TRIED to do the top recording artist thing and failed hard, whereas Nicki did the top recording artist thing and THEN tried reality TV and turns out to be pretty successful at both.

            (Watch, now that I’ve said this, Kanye will produce Kim K’s new album and it’ll sail right to #1. Oh well, at least Taylor Swift gets knocked down a peg then.)

            I guess if I take this point any farther I’m going to end up in Rihanna’s corner somehow though, and that corner is gross and smells like crotchless panties, so I am going to cede the debate to you.

          • Sure, there’s a difference, but you’re arguing absolutes when you compare Kim K to a top-selling musical act of all time. There have been PUH-LENTY of very famous, very shitty actors and singers who got by on connections, looks, or just plain old sleeping their way up the fame ladder. 

  • The pussy bow looks like it’s strangling her, and I’m not a fan of the huge hair and overdone face, but at a glance I really like it. She manages to look together and yet exactly as crazy as you’d expect from her. It’s genius really.

  • That may be the fugliest perfume bottle I’ve ever seen Also, what Eileen said.

  • I remember seeing her and this outfit on GMA last week. Sitting, she looked great…from the shoulder down. I can’t with her wig and makeup and fake contacts. I. JUST. CAN’T. 

  • Nicholas

    This is what Clinton would look like, if she were a piece of chewing gum.

    • AnneElliot

      My first reaction was George Clinton!!  And that’s it exactly — in this look, Nicki Minaj is the love child of George Clinton and Hilary Clinton.  

      • FloridaLlamaLover

        And, wow…is that ever a truly disturbing thought! (Banging head on desk)  GET OUT, GET OUT!

      • bitchybitchybitchy

        Isn’t there something deliciously disturbing about the fantasy of HIllary banging it with George Clinton and producing Nikki?

  • SewingSiren

    I was thinking, Dolly Parton.

    • Aurumgirl

       I’ve always thought “Dolly Parton”.  She has a real resemblance, what with the hair and the dimples.  I think it’s a real compliment to be compared to an artist so prolific and talented. 

    • formerlyAnon

      Someday, when she grows up.

  • MzzPants

    I think she looks pretty fabulous.  Bonus points for the lack of cleavage and/or ass cheek.

  • Wendy Wetzel

    I don’t wear perfume, but if I did, I wouldn’t even be tempted to go in this direction.   Why would Macy’s put out a Woolworth’s perfume?

    • Woolworths? 

      • schadenfreudelicious

        Woolworths is defunct in the US, but still around in several Commonwealth countries, where it’s reputation for things like perfume leans definitely to the “cheap”, we kittens are an international readership 🙂

        • Ah. 

        • phylora

          Blue Waltz!

          • schadenfreudelicious

            haha, in the heart shaped bottle??!

          • phylora

            Yes, I can smell it!

          • schadenfreudelicious

            ha, me too, when i was a girl i would head to Woolworths to get my mom the same thing as a gift for several years, it was a perfume who’s name i cant recall but it came with a cat under a little dome (i recall the cat was black, wore pearls and had sparkly green eyes) may have been made by Max Factor…my mother disliked cats and rarely wore perfume, but i loved cats and thought it was the perfect gift several years running….:)

          • StellaZafella

             Kiku and Jean Nate…in the yellow EVERYTHING.

            Thanks for the memory.

        • VictoriaDiNardo

          or old enough to remember when there was a Woolworths in every town in the US…..sigh…

          • StellaZafella

             The one at the corner of Powell and Market in San Francisco had a full lunch counter right up to the day it closed…we used to sit with a handmade fountain cherry coke and watch the cable cars load and begin their ascent to Nob Hill.

          • that woolworths was the quintessential iconic big city “dime store’ (which is different from a “drug store”). i remember a local artist being inspired by the row of plastic legs pointing to the ceiling in the hosiery aisle.  back in “the day”.

      • how old are you?  woolworths was an iconic american “dime store” for the first half of my life.  but then i’m a self-identified geezer.

    • Nelliebelle1197

      Why is it a Woolworth’s perfume? What did I miss? From the captions, it Nicky’s perfume, not Macy’s and not Woolworth’s? How can you judge that on the crazy Minaj packaging?

      • They’re judging it BECAUSE of the packaging.

        • Nelliebelle1197

           I wouldn’t say Woolworth’s.

          I’d say Cher’s tag sale packaging.

  • ChaquitaPhilly

    OOOO! Woolworths! Pink! What’s not to like?

  • I love it. I have a feeling she had to go with a bigger size in the pants because she has quite a booty.  Great start to a Monday. 

    • Janet B

      I agree about the pants, those wrinkles in the front aren’t from loose pants.

  • I want this outfit. But I have no interest in the perfume. 

    • julnyes

      I think they are just taking a dig at Nicki by saying her perfume appears to be cheap (the kind you would buy in a Woolworths)

      • That’s a strangely old/obscure reference given that there are easier references (Walmart, Target, KMart, etc) and the American store going by that name is essentially defunct/extinct. I was thinking it might be a foreign thing since the company name is used in places abroad, but I still don’t really get why it’s being referenced.

        • Snailstsichr

           When I was growing up, Woolworths and their ilk had el-cheapo “toilet water” in brands you could only get there. They were actual brands – as opposed to the “smells like” fakes you can get at Wal Mart, et al. You could also find the lower priced national brands of fragrances at these stores – like Coty and Revlon fragrances – so I believe the posters are saying this fragrance would be a step below something like Charlie or (and I may have this name wrong) Moon Wind.

          If I recall correctly, they smelled a lot like the Avon fragrances my grandmother wore in the 60s. My sisters and I pooled our pennies to get my Mother a bottle once. All I recall was that it was in a tiny blue bottle.

          Hope this helps.

          • I had Moonwind talcum powder back in the day!  Also, Woolworth’s was its own pop culture icon during its heyday, much more so than today’s big box stores.  It was still around when I was a kid.

          • shen i was a kid it always made me gigle when someone bought me “toilet water” for christmas.

        •  It’s not that old, it was around in my preteen years and I’m 28. And it only recently went bankrupt in the UK. It definitely had its own brand of cheapness unsurpassed by Wal/Kmart.

        • VictoriaDiNardo

          It’s really not that obscure.  Woolworths had hundreds of stores across the nation and only closed down in the late 1990’s. Besides being the pioneering discount store in America, the Woolworths lunch counter in Greensboro, N.C. is considered the birthplace of the civil rights movement – there’s even a piece of in the Smithsonian Museum. It’s a pretty basic part of recent American history.

          • I didn’t say I’d never heard of it. It just seems like a grandiose and out-of-date reference to make to insult Nicki Minaj’s perfume by calling it cheap. No one’s referencing the civil rights movement in this thread in regards to Nick Minaj’s perfume. 

          •  Why are you so fixated on a couple of Woolworth’s references?

          • :/  I really didn’t mean to be. I just thought there was something more that I was missing. I didn’t realize people were just using it to mean cheap. I’m a derp.

        • Nelliebelle1197

           It’s a strange reference because they have no idea if a PERFUME is cheap or smelly judging by the picture.

          • Woolworth’s was known for selling cheap perfumes in novelty bottles similar to the one her perfume comes in.

            It’s not a strange reference. You just didn’t get the reference.

          • exactly- it’s a comment about how it looks, not how it smells.

  • I kinda love that her wig needs a root touch up.  lol

    • StellaZafella

       I,  don’t,   think,   that’s,    a wig, kiltd…

      OMG – I THINK it’s her hair!

      • Then I has the Biggest Sad Ever.

      • Nah. It’s a wig. Lace-front wig. 

        • StellaZafella

           I want to believe that. With 2-tone roots AND candy coloring…I don’t know if I think it’s a brilliant ruse or just over-thought. I’m no stranger to lace fronts and wigs but i thought she’d maybe run some temporary pink rinse over her own blonded tresses to go with the theme

    • AND it looks like she bought it at woolworths!

  • f_yeah_marie

    The “I have to pee” pose isn’t helping either, but for a relatively toned down look, it’s not a bad effort.

  • blumonky

    I keep mistaking her for that crazy rich lady who had all the surgeries to make her look like a jaguar…

  • call_me_schmeg

    secretarial grandma drag queen realness

    • Introspective

      um, girl- that’s secretarial OF STATE grandma drag queen realness thank you very much…

  • Forget about the outfit, WTF with that perfume bottle?  It’s like an updated version of the Aunt Jemima syrup pitchers.  Ugh.

    Yes, we missed you too!  Hope your Thanksgiving break was….well….PRECIOUS.

    • It doesn’t help that she places the bottle back on the table in a supine rather than upright position.  Though I suppose face-down would be worse…

  • BrooklynBomber

    Carol Channing in some kind of alternate universe.

    • Mismarker

      You’ve just made my Monday.

    • julnyes

      Well Channing is a sister 🙂

    • formerlyAnon

       Wow. Now that’s all I can see.

      You have POWERS, BB.

      • BrooklynBomber

        Haha. From your mouth to God’s ear.

  • Now I’ll be singing “Here’s to the ladies who launch…” in my best Babs voice all day.

  • notoffred

    I was thinking that other than it being pink, I could totally wear that suit to work!

  • Beardslee

    I can’t get past how glum she usually looks.  She looks like she’s being crazy all the way to the bank, but she’s not having fun along the way.  

  • nannypoo

    Keeping in mind who it is, I think she looks great. I can’t think of anyone else I’d like in this look, but on her it’s cute.

  • Is it just me, or does it look like she really doesn’t want to be there?

  • NC_Meg

    I kind of love it. And I’m so glad you’re back, TLo!

  • decormaven

    She’s staying true to her look, and it works for her – and no one else. Do wish the suit had been fitted properly, but that’s a minor niggle. 

  • julnyes

    This is a perfectly nice outfit when graded on the crazy Minaj curve.

  • Janet B

    That is one creepy perfume bottle.

    I wish her suit was better fitting, but otherwise what else would ‘Business Nicki’ wear except for a pink suit?

  • She looks tired of her own crazy shtick.

  • Looking at the thumbnail very quickly I thought this was a Drag Race post.

  • Wellworn

    The big hair, the matchy matchy, it’s all very 80s.  Except for the platform stilettos.  My head hurts in sympathy for that hair.

  • GorgeousThings

    Close, but I think Nicki Minaj is more like Rue Paul as Hillary Clinton on acid.

  • The pic of her leaning down to grab the magazine (?) cracks me up because it looks exactly like a Barbie pose – if Barbie wasn’t so WASPy.

    • to me it looks like she just chopped up some coke on the magazine.  but that’s just me…

  • l_c_ann

    First I wouldn’t like to smell like she looks.
    Second, I wouldn’t like that perfume bottle anywhere near my bedroom.

    Fortunately for her and Macy’s I’m far from her target demographic.

    • Qitkat

      I think it’s worth a trip to Macy’s just to get a look at that crazy-ass perfume bottle.
      Nicki Minaj is so far out of my wheelhouse, she’s flying over the moon. But it’s kind of fun to see a gal in head to toe pink, literally.

  • schadenfreudelicious

    her look exhausts me, and that may be one of the ugliest perfume bottles on record…..

  • StellaZafella

    Looks like RuPaul forgot which end of the show she was shooting.

  • I’m confused – which one of us is on acid?

  • bertkeeter

    She’s FREAKY good!

  • Pearl_McClutcheon

    This brought to mind Francesca Fiore’s perfume (from Kids in the Hall).  If her perfume would squirt out of the bottle’s mouth, I’d buy it in a minute. 

  • I’m not feeling this look. 

  • Judy_J

    My 6 year old granddaughter would love this look.  Pink is her favorite color, and she can’t get enough of it.  I hope she grows out of it by the time she’s Nicki’s age.

    • my four year old granddaughter loves nicki, as well as the color pink.  she likes to dance to her music.  but then, she’s a child of east oakland hip-hop culture.  whenever she sees me, she asks “can we see nicki minaj on the internet?” and i look her up on TLo.  the next generation of TLo fans-how sweet!

  • MaryanneGirl

    Think about how amazing she’d look if she paired a slicked-back high ponytail with this outfit. It could even be pink, obviously that’s her schtick. But a wig that huge and frizzy paired with a high neck blouse and full suit makes her look heavy & cumbersome. Hair off the face, Miss Thang. 

  • kimmeister

    Is it weird that I would totally wear that blazer and blouse?

  • Sara__B

    We’re facing an opinion enema; that’s probably the reason for this early morning overdose of Pepto Bismal.

  • CeeQ

    Hate the shoes – ruins the whole look. 

  • unbornfawn

    Missed you too! All that pink made me think Barbie on acid.

  • Trisha26

    What’s the name of the fragrance again?

  • That material looks cheap as all hell, with the blouse bordering on flammable.  Not a good look by any standards.

  • formerlyAnon

    Can’t say I really “get” her, but I know a couple of young persons who work for a production company in a lowly capacity and had some dealings with her and she was absolutely charming and gracious to them. So I view her with a benign eye.

    I will let the fit of the suit pass – after all, what matters is that it is PINK – if, please god, someone puts a pink lip color on her that doesn’t look so awful. We KNOW lip colors of  many, many shades of pink exist. There were choices.

  • Cautia

    She reminds me of the Day to Night Barbie doll I had as a kid.

  • quiltrx

    Her makeup always gives her a creepy ‘plastic doll’ appearance (shudders)…

    And as for the hair–Diana Ross AND George Clinton called, and they BOTH say you’re doing it wrong. 🙂

  • Thanks for using sui generis, I’ve learned a new phrase today! Fashion and vocabulary lessons!

  • MoHub

    If it weren’t for the hair, I’d call this too conservative for her.

  • PrunellaV

    Wow! Even her eyeballs are pink!

  • bitterk

    I am so glad she gave up on the clown attire.  Sure this is one step removed but at least it’s a step in the right direction.

  • ShayShay

    I don’t think it’s fair to even cover her outfits on the T&L blog.  She’s not really fashion.  She’s on an island un to herself.  Surely there are better examples of African American celeb fashion to cover, some that could actually get some kudos rather than being routinely lambasted on a regular basis.  This thing with Nicki is getting old.