From her fashion-forward red carpet looks to her show-stopping performance outfits, here are Nicki Minaj’s best fashion moments over the years
Nicki Minaj at the MTV VMAs in 2010
Minaj appeared on the set of BET’s 106 & Park in New York City and opted for a white mini dress. She accessorized the look with pops of color, including a neon green wig, notice-me gold jewelry and orange sherbet-colored knee-high boots.
Nicki Minaj at the Grammys in 2011
Possibly one of Minaj’s most colorful and most interesting looks yet happened back in 2011 at the VMAs. Her over-the-top outfit included knee socks, a 3-D metallic dress, a stuffed animal train, an oversized ice cream cone necklace, a surgical mask (before they were a staple) and a sky-high candy-colored hairstyle.
Nicki Minaj at the AMAs in 2011
In 2011, Minaj opened the 39th Annual American Music Awards with a performance that featured a medley of songs, including “Super Bass” and “Turn Me On.” To walk the carpet, the star wore a flowing green skirt and black lace top by Oscar de la Renta. A choker and bright pink hair completed the look.
Nicki Minaj at the Grammys in 2012
Nominated for Best New Artist, Minaj surprised everyone by showing up on the red carpet at the Grammy Awards with a man dressed like the Pope on her arm. The rap star wore a nun-like red satin robe that featured an elaborate hood and black beaded embellishments.
Nicki Minaj at the VMAs in 2012
At the 2012 VMAs, Minaj turned heads in a skintight Donatella Versace jumpsuit. The black one-piece featured lace, gemstones and bright red embellishments throughout. She accessorized with a yellow wig and a black newsboy cap.
Nicki Minaj at the AMAs in 2012
It’s telling that this highlighter-colored chartreuse Monique Lhuillier gown is one of her more subtle looks. For the AMAs in 2012, Minaj paired the dress with sparkling Charles Albert jewels, a platinum blond wig and bright pink lipstick.
Nicki Minaj at the Met Gala in 2013
Minaj opted to stay on the safe side for her Met Gala debut in 2013. The star walked the carpet in a navy blue Tommy Hilfiger gown that, while not exactly on the Punk: Chaos to Couture theme, definitely got our attention. Red lipstick and a glittering gold necklace added to the luxury.
Nicki Minaj at the Billboard Music Awards in 2013
The rapper went for a similarly glamorous look at the Billboard Music Awards. She wore a red pleated gown with a platinum blond curly wig.
Nicki Minaj at the BET Awards in 2013
Minaj attended the 2013 BET Awards in a curve-hugging black Alexander McQueen gown with lace detailing and a plunging neckline. Instead of her signature colorful wigs, the artist went with a platinum blonde, stick-straight bob, keeping the look simple but stunning.
Nicki Minaj during New York Fashion Week in 2014
Minaj has been a staple at Fashion Week in cities all over the world for years now. At the 2014 shows in N.Y.C., she went for a chic bondage-inspired gown with furry straps and sky-high black platform heels. A retro chic shoulder-length hairstyle made this look stand out.
Nicki Minaj at the MTV Movie Awards in 2014
2014 was clearly the year of simplicity for Minaj, who went for understated glam at the MTV Movie Awards. Her look included an inky black Alexander McQueen gown and some gorgeous gold jewelry. Dark waves and a deep side part added to the elegant vibe.
Nicki Minaj at the MTV European Music Awards in 2014
Minaj had the honor of hosting the EMAs from Scotland in 2014, where she also performed and won the Best Hip Hop award. While the night featured many, many different looks, a fan favorite was this stunning two-piece performance outfit. In a studded bra top, matching gloves and an extremely long skirt, Minaj literally dazzled over the stage.
Nicki Minaj at the Billboard Music Awards in 2014
At the 2014 Billboard Music Awards, Minaj mixed classic and modern elements, wearing a black gown with cutouts, soft waves and minimal makeup.
Nicki Minaj at the MTV VMAs in 2015
Minaj’s look at the Grammys in 2015 was a perfect mix of her more daring and sophisticated sides. She wore a stunning black Tom Ford gown with a plunging neckline that was dripping in sequins. Sparking bracelets and a low-key makeup and hair look complemented the outfit.
Nicki Minaj at the AMAs in 2015
For the American Music Awards in 2015, Minaj opted for a look that was bold and chic. A large stomach cutout gave this gold-embellished gown a sexy edge.”
Nicki Minaj at New York Fashion Week in 2015
Minaj attended the Marc Jacobs Fall 2015 runway show in N.Y.C. in her version of streetwear. Thigh-high snakeskin boots, an oversized fur jacket and a green and black outfit looked stylish and comfortable.
Nicki Minaj at the Met Gala in 2016
The rapper showed up at the 2016 Fashion Group International Night of Stars Gala in one of the night’s most daring looks: a full lace bodysuit under a long, sheer kimono with fur trim.
Nicki Minaj at the MTV VMAs in 2016
Minaj returned to a more minimalist look for the Alexander Wang show at Pier 54 in N.Y.C. in September 2016. The rapper wore a fitted black dress with a low neckline and a slightly flared ankle-length hem. Studded nude heels and long back hair with a middle part kept things simple but beautiful.
Nicki Minaj at the TIDAL X:1015 Concert in 2016
Dressed to steal the spotlight, Minaj was photographed at the TIDAL X:1015 concert in New York in a sheer lace Margiela catsuit. Black thong underwear and black nipple pasties added even more of a head-turning element to the bold look.
Nicki Minaj on New Year’s Eve 2017
Minaj kicked off the year 2017 with a stunning look. She spent the night at E11EVEN in Miami in a skintight, glittering silver bodysuit with a neckline down to her belly button. A high, super-long ponytail and plenty of jewelry with matching shoes kept her on the theme for the night.
Nicki Minaj at the CFDA Awards in 2017
Minaj decided to go daring for the 14th annual CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund Awards in New York. The rapper wore a plunging black bra top with a high-low bottom, black leather shorts and a black leather belt-and-corset accessory. She kept her makeup glamorous with dramatic winged eyeliner and nude lips, and opted for long, straight, platinum strands.
Nicki Minaj at the VMAs in 2017
Minaj reverted back to her more colorful style at the MTV Video Music Awards in 2017. The rapper walked the red carpet in a skintight, bubblegum pink latex jumpsuit with cleavage cut-outs. Orange and pink heels and plenty of sparkling jewelry completed the look.
Nicki Minaj at the Met Gala in 2017
The star went for head-to-toe leather at the Harper’s Bazaar ICONS party during Fashion Week. Her voluminous tiger-print gown was made by Alexandre Vauthier, and she wore it with matching animal-print Saint Laurent heels and plenty of Tiffany & Co. jewels.
Nicki Minaj at the Met Gala in 2018
Photographed in N.Y.C. in August 2018, Minaj looked very stylish — if not dressed for a cooler season. The rapper wore a black velvet long-sleeve crop top with a matching skirt with a slit up the middle, both of which were covered in sparkling gemstones.
Nicki Minaj at New York Fashion Week in 2019
When attending the Marc Jacobs Spring 2019 fashion show in New York, Minaj stood out in a dramatic red gown with huge statement sleeves and a plunging neckline. A bright yellow wig added an unexpected touch of color.