Nicki Minaj definitely knows how to keep us guessing, so when she announced she’d be creating a clothing line for Kmart, we knew better than to predict what it might look like. Now, after leaving us in the dark for months, she finally unveiled her collection on Instagram — and it certainly exceeds any expectations we had.
There are plenty of head-turning prints, lots of Lycra and a healthy serving of cleavage throughout. But aside from those three key elements, we had a hard time discerning one theme throughout. Which is why we decided to play “guess the inspiration” for some of the most, uh, memorable outfits.
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Above, Minaj does the nearly-impossible: She makes high-waisted jeans and an acid-washed denim jacket look nearly R-rated. We imagine her watching old Fresh Prince of Bel Air reruns and thinking “That denim outfit is fun, but it could really be improved with more holes and no shirt.” Then there’s her super-tight stretch jumpsuit, with its gold prints and scales, which seems to reference, say, a dragon featured in the ’90s video game Street Fighter.
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Next up, Minaj models a possibly Rainbow Brite-inspired galaxy print dress that really captures the cartoon’s mix of being futuristic and oh-so-’80s, and finally, there’s a spangled midriff-baring two piece that looks as good on Minaj now as it would have on the members of Abba. We can just see her watching YouTube videos of “Super Trouper” and sketching furiously.
Check out of all of Minaj’s looks on her Instagram, then let us know which you’re likely to wear — and if you can spot any surprising inspiration for the other pieces!
–Alex Apatoff and Elizabeth Ribuffo