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Nicki Minaj wears silk underwear by La Perla; leather coat with knit collar and plastic boots by Miu Miu, taken from the Autumn/Winter 2014 issue of DazedPhotography Jeff Bark, Styling Robbie Spencer

Nicki Minaj is now officially a model

The artist has signed to iconic agency, Wilhelmina Models

TextVanessa HsiehPhotographyJeff Bark

She’s already modelled for Roberto Cavalli and been shot by major industry names like Mario Testino and Inez & Vinoodh, but now the “Monster” rapper has officially become a model, signing with agency powerhouse, Wilhelmina Models. 

Responsible for the careers of icons including Iman and original supermodel (as well as ill-fated subject played by Angelina Jolie in the cult film named for her), Gia Carangi – the agency is a perfect fit for the star who isn’t shy with her fashion choices.

Nothing if not adaptable, Minaj channelled this penchant for theatrics into something seemingly more demure for our Autumn/Winter 2014 issue, where she played a hyperreal housewife (still decked out in Chanel and Dior of course, though). Speaking to us then, she said: “When I think of the female icons I love and look up to, I don’t think they were ever predictable. I just want to be unpredictable and fearless.”

Telling Vogue (who broke the announcement) about this new venture, the rapper said: “I love the synergy between my music and how it inspires my fashion. My message is always celebrating your own style. I’m thrilled and honoured to have signed with Wilhelmina – they get me.”