Nicki Minaj has pushed the boundaries of what it means to be a sexy female star at every twist and turn. Barbie may have seemed like a strange title for the self-proclaimed doll, but she's proven it's a perfect fit.
Whether posing, performing, or sharing her life on Instagram, Nicki appears in an array of ensembles that would make any plastic fashionista jealous. From revealing haute couture to not-so-haute booty shorts and thigh high boots, she fills out her clothes with curves (and confidence) in all the right places. So naturally the world continues to follow her every move, especially on Instagram.
In the current climate of female empowerment, Nicki has been a constant example of a woman who does not get pushed around. She can wear a tiny leotard or be covered almost entirely from head-to-toe and either way still carries the same energy.
Because her boldness, power and sensuality flow through so clearly, she sets an example for how it isn't really about what you wear (or don't wear for that matter)—it's about what you do with it.
Poof On Top!
With a hair poof on top, the real "POOF" is the sound of the fabric that has disappeared from Nicki's nude leotard!
My Ears Are Up Here!
An Instagram selfie with @ZaneLowe—Nicki and Zane took advantage of a kitten ear filter, but Nicki's in-your-face cleavage closeup might have some fans missing that detail.
Oh, I hadn’t noticed the camera!
The outfit screamed dominatrix-chic with scandalous peek-a-boo features from head to toe! Nicki topped off her ensemble by looking away from the camera—a common pose from her IG page.
Same Dominatrix, Different View
For maximum cleavage emphasis, master Nicki's head tilt, downward and towards the girls. Notice how she gently let's the plant slip through her fingers as she casually walks down the brick walkway.
Tiny Barbie Booty Shorts
Sporting a major Barbie ensemble of a white boots with a tiny white top and shorts, topped off with Pink hair and all the accessories a modern doll could ever ask for.
Want to show lots of skin and wear a classy, full-coverage gown at the same time? Create a pattern like Gareth Pugh did for this gothic-runway look. Bonus- the slats in the dress create moody fence-shaped shadows on the walls!
Nicki Goes Wild With Leopard Print
Nicki wore a skin-tight leather bodysuit with mini chains on the bodice, paired with tall leopard boots for an edgy ensemble. It's not about show your whole body, it's about drawing attention to the uncovered areas!
One of the most scandalous photos of the star feature a pair of vinyl pink briefs, silver pasties and full set of silver jewelry. Apparently Barbie accessorizes even when she's staying in.
Putting The Pedal To The Metal
You don't see heels and suits of armor every day, but a modern Barbie has to be ready to go to war at any minute. Even if it's a fashion war. Hopefully it's not for a physical battle as hair that goes all the way to the ground might be a disadvantage.
Classic Barbie One-Piece
Nicki posed in a pink one piece in the middle of a long photo shoot. With a low-cut neckline, this leotard didn't leave much to the imagination.
Implied Nudity Pride
Baring it all is bold, but cutting the photo off at the bare shoulders is mysterious and alluring.
Feeling Her Selfie
This lacy number made for a low-key scandalous selfie. The underneath angle isn't normally too popular among celebs or mortals, but show enough of your assets and no one is going to scrutinize whether it's the most flattering frame.
It’s All About The Attitude
One woman's laid back pose is another woman's awkward attempt at being cool. Nicki nailed it with her arms resting casually behind her head, showing off the slightest bit of a bare midriff. If you've got it, flaunt it. If you know you've got it, you can cover most of it up and fans will squint to see the slightest peek!
She’s So Money
...And she does know it. Nicki was definitely cashing in on her looks when she posed for this laid-back pic, wearing a skin-tight bodysuit with a money-print and matching boots.
Side-Eye, Side Leg
Nicki showed some serious side eye and even more serious side leg- A business-suit print added some extra class to her bare-legged look.
Fashion over function for this icon. Some outfits are worth risking frostbite for- With a reputation for a certain level of nakedness to protect, Nicki bared her toes to counteract all the skin she covered with her giant fur coat.
When the event calls for a floor length gown, but you wanted to wear a leotard... Nicki finds a fun middle ground with the peek-a-boo gown featuring extra peeps of her chest, midriff, arms, and legs.
Looks Can Be Deceiving
At first glance, this little black and white dress may look like it has a busy print, but upon closer inspection, you can see that the nude part of the pattern is the space between the stitches. Though sometimes Nicki parades around with barely a stitch of clothing on, this outfit shows how she likes to mix it up.
No Foul Play Here
Nicki calls foul on the traditional referee outfit with a sexy twist with a little less up top and some exposed thighs. Just another instance of this real life Barbie earning her fashion stripes.
Not Even Sad About It
Rocking her tight blue gown. Nicki kept it classy with a formal and tasteful gown that knew how to get away with just the right amount of skin.
Itty Bitty Country Outfit
This country-bumpkin-chic ensemble shows off Nicki's ability to pull off a teeny tank top and booty shorts with a sheer skirt and still look like the poised pop star that she is.
Best used in moderation, Nicki utilized a bathroom mirror selfie to capture her whole look—is that a sheer crop top over a lacy bra, or is it all one piece? Did Nicki plan for you to put your face that close to the screen to figure it out? Now that's power.
Nip Slip Or No?
And now, the age old question—is it a nip slip if it's half covered in lace?
One of the biggest fringe benefits of being a star? Most people would get kicked out a public establishment wearing this outfit, but when Nicki puts it on, it's a fashion yes. Pulling all the attention to her thighs, Nicki rocks a pair of tall stripper boots and a sleek black bodysuit.
This all-denim look never would have flown in the '90s. It would have been cool, but then there would have been an after school special about it being too racy. Nicki pulls off this revealing outfit with her signature confidence...although is she pushing that wall for added drama or simply trying to keep steady in those sky high stilettos?
Oh, Sweetheart, Yes!
Nicki rocked a shiny red gown with a big red heart-shaped neckline. If that wasn't enough of a reveal, the dress alternates solid red stripes with translucent material.
This Little Barbie Went To The Gym
A full-body mirror selfie seems like the perfect selfie technique for this plastic-gym worthy Barbie outfit. Nicki lives up to her nickname by showing her Barbie-shaped body in a pink spandex workout number. This is the photo that protestors who complain that the real Barbie's proportions are unrealistic don't want you to see.
This Greek Goddess has illustrated her ability and time again to show more skin than most and still come off as poised, classy, and powerful. Her music has topped the charts and her confidence has raised the bar and paved the way for women to own their space and their bodies.
Don’t Put Her In A Box
She looks like she is ready to be displayed in a Barbie box and sold as-is, complete with one of her favorite accessories—thigh high boots!