HERSource is bringing in Women’s History Month with a fun photo series featuring some of the most legendary women in Hip Hop. In celebration of the ladies’ contributions to the music and culture, we revamped their iconic images featuring different models for a new editorial shoot we’ll be rolling out each day this week.

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We’re kicking things off today [Monday, March 14] with none other than Trinidadian-born American rapper, singer and songwriter, Nicki Minaj.

Hometown: Southside Jamaica, Queens, NY


Associated Acts: Lil Wayne, Drake, Young Money, Cash Money and Meek Mill (early days: Gucci Mane, Waka Flocka Flame)

Albums: Pink Friday (2010), Pink Friday: Roman Reloaded (2012) and The Pinkprint (2014)

Honors/Awards: (6) American Music Awards, (10) BET Awards, (7) BET Hip Hop Awards, (4) Billboard Music Awards, (3) MTV Video Music Awards, (2) People’s Choice Awards, (1) Soul Train Music Award, (4) Teen Choice Awards, (10) Grammy Award Nominations and the First Female Rapper in history to make the Forbes List.

Model: Alexis Nadira

TheSource.com: What’s your favorite song by Nicki Minaj?

Alexis: No faves, love all of old Nicki (Gucci days) and her features (“Roman’s Revenge,” “Hello, Good Morning,” “Slumber Party”) and all of The Pinkprint.

What do you like most about her?

She makes no apologies, takes risks (fashion/music content), she studied the game learning from her mentors and predecessors, and she’s conquered the industry.

What do you think she did for Hip Hop?

She’s diverse and caters to several demographics, not just Black people or women. She’s a really good MC; she evokes emotions, is relatable, controversial, humorous and has believable characteristics. She’s not just a female rapper, she’s an entrepreneur and dream chaser. I respect her hustle.

Creative Director: Venus Rose
Fashion Director: Alexis Nadira
Photographer: Kirk McGurk
MUA: Kiara Nazaire
Assistant Stylist: Ariana Jones

[Look 1]
Diamond Choker – SUNDAWSON
Long Chain Multi – SUNDAWSON
Chain Dress – SUNDAWSON
Silver Hoops – SUNDAWSON

[Look 2]
Mesh Top – Gypsy Sport
Floral Belt – H&M
Green/Orange Tube – Fabric Store
Leopard Skirt – Zara