Nicki Minaj in a Japanese ensemble at the VMAs: stunt queen or cute?


Nicki Minaj was probably the worst-dressed woman at last night’s VMAs. I mean, I understand that Nicki’s “thing” is to be a living, breathing cartoon, but it’s just… enough. According to Just Jared, Nicki was wearing “an Amato Couture pink corset, Shojotomo Japan shorts, thigh highs, and critter socks, Tsimori Chisato stockings, an Onch Movement ice cream necklace, Fifi and Romeo plastic cuffs, and Duepunti rings.” Corset? That’s not the mirrored part of her outfit, is it? That’s not a coset, that’s a solar panel bustier. And for her arrival on the black carpet, she wore a colorful surgical mask too.

I always associate Nicki with a budget-version of Lady Gaga’s stunt-queen tactics. But I usually have to give Gaga some credit – she can pull together her crazy into a consistent, cohesive “look”. I get the feeling that Minaj just wanders around Japanese toy stores, stapling various stuffed animals and board games to her body.

And the wig… dear God, the wig. The whole thing is just gross and unflattering. I guess we should be happy that Minaj’s boob didn’t “accidentally” pop out. Still… Nicki was a winner last night, taking home a moon man for Best Hip-Hop Video for “Super Bass”. I liked the kiss she gave Lil’ Wayne too – that was cute.





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  1. Quest says:

    OMG. It looks like Nicky swallowed, chewed and puked the Toonami network all over herself.

  2. sehlig says:

    NO WAY! You won a price… You don’t need no more attention. Can’t believe this.

  3. 9 out 10 experts recommend says:

    WTF… I don’t get this woman. Attention seeking much?

  4. the original bellaluna says:

    What in the Hello Kitty anime hell?…

  5. Addie says:

    Urg..I think this thing of ‘costumes to express themselves’ has become a real joke amoung Hollywood pop singers, I mean WTF seriously.

    How is THIS expressing who you really are.

  6. size says:

    her protruding teeth makes me mad

  7. ShanKat says:

    With all the crap going on, I can’t take my eyes off the white line down her nose. It looks like community theater “age” makeup. How dreadful.

    If she’d gone with just one element…the mirrored bustier OR the wacky stockings (maybe with heels, those flat feet stump her out) OR the ginormous ice cream necklace OR the wig…it might have worked.

    Might have.

  8. Heather says:

    I think it’s kinda cute and fun.

  9. Riana says:

    Gaga usually pulls it off?

    I prefer a celeb who only looks nutty when tHeres an actual event, not just showing off their bare ass while strolling down a side walk.

    I actually like Nicki’s look, she does call herself The Harajuku Barbie & Nicki The Ninja.

    But frankly she could dress like a donut so long as she didn’t act like an arrogant gift to the music industry (ala Gaga)

  10. LOVE ANGELINA says:

    Yea Riana is right Nicki does call herself a Harajuku Barbie. Its part of her persona. It was cute to me. I thought Katy Perry looked worst with that freaking cube on her head.

  11. madpoe says:

    “Don’t Mistake Lack of Talent for Genius” ~Peter Steele

    You could not pay me to wear this get up even on Halloween or any of the other days!

  12. fabchick says:

    Hot mess. Nicki needs to go back to how she was before she became a ‘pop star’. I miss the girl from the underground mix tapes,before the record deal.

  13. Str8Shooter says:

    Dumb, talentless ho who can only attract attention for her wardrobe get-ups cuz she can’t sing.


  14. Sue says:

    Nicki could have done better with the Harajuku Barbie outfit it looks like a bunch of 4 and 5 year olds put it together.

    Gwen Stefani did it better 6 years ago with her Harajuku girls.

    Her presenting act last night was just bad I thought she would have done a lot better being that she has so many characters she pulls from.

  15. Darlene says:

    I love her wig. It’s fabulous.

  16. Riana says:

    Also Nicki really needs to work on her makeup. Whoever is doing it is not blending well and it’s making her face look funny.

    In terms of make up at least she used to do much better.

  17. Addie says:

    Many are saying that she is going for the Harajuku girls look.

    Sorry but for all these starlets who are ADULTS and dressing up like this in every day life as well (being papped on the street looking like a halloween costume)

    It goes too far. Costumes have their place and time.

  18. constance says:

    Those were shorts? My friends and I were trying to figure out if they were Ace bandages wrapped around her legs. LOL She looked a MESS. Nothing was “cohesive” at all. Styling, this was NOT.

  19. Goofpuff says:

    Looks like someone has been trying to whiten their skin with uneven results. Sad.

  20. Lindy says:

    Um, sorry. Who is this person? Truly, I have no clue.

  21. ladybert62 says:

    One day in the future, she will look back at these pictures and say “What was I thinking!!!”

    God awful costume.

  22. vicky says:

    Is this graduation day from clown college?

  23. Kim says:

    Believe me, Harajuku style does not look that mixed up. Some styles are really over the top, but do not mix other styles.

    Example (there are so many more), they dress all edgy like her pointy chest things or all out “sweet” with ice cream cones and candy and everything pink. And a lot accessories, but it -matches-. You pick a certain style and stick with it.

  24. Amanda G says:

    I really don’t get what’s going on with that outfit.

  25. gg says:

    confusingly terrible outfit. Looks like she collects random broken toys from the dumpster and wears them on her clothes.

  26. snoots says:

    Despite the make-up, I think she has amazing skin!

  27. Trillion says:

    It’s VMA’s- crazy young artists, grabbing attention and having fun. Of course it’s ridiculous and of course she’s aware of that. I kinda love her.

  28. UrFavoriteBartender says:

    @Kaiser absolutely agree with the “budget version of Gaga” and to me, this is the visual **definition** of trying too hard

  29. The Bobster says:

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  31. nobody cares says:

    If she’s gonna use the nick name Harajuku Barbie she better do something Harajuku inspired. I’d say this is a success….