Nicki Minaj Channels Her Inner Mona Lisa for W Magazine's Art/Fashion Issue!

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Oct. 14 2011, Published 8:26 a.m. ET

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Nicki Minaj has left her stuffed animals and neon animal prints behind. The "Super Bass" singer channels her inner Mona Lisa for the November issue of W magazine — dedicated to art as well as fashion! For the shoot, Nicki is styled in a number of couture gowns, transformed into an 18th-century noble lady for the photo shoot. Artist Francesco Vezzoli and stylist Edward Enninful took on Nicki's new look. "Hip-hop star Nicki Minaj has made the leap from little known Lil Wayne protégée to object of national obsession, via a number-one album, seven singles simultaneously on the Billboard Hot 100 — a first for any artist — and a series of scene-­stealing cameos, including an epic verse on the Jay-Z and Kanye West track “Monster,' ” W writes in the article dedicated to Nicki. Along the way, she’s established a zany look (all neon, all the time), introduced countless alter egos, and become the first female rapper since Missy Elliott to be cast not as a sidekick but as a bona fide swaggering leading lady." VIDEO: NICKI MINAJ SURPRISES YOUTUBE "SUPER BASS" SINGER SOPHIA GRACE ON ELLEN DEGENERES What do you think of the shoot? Sound off below!

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