Rap star Nicki Minaj graces one cover of W magazine’s November 2011 issue, while Chinese model Sui He graces a separate cover. For the cover, artist Francesco Vezzoli remade Minaj as an 18th-century courtesan, a move he discussed with Klaus Biesenbach, director of MoMA PS1.
Vezzoli, on the cover art: “In her performances, Minaj makes very explicit and challenging use of her beauty and her body, so I thought of comparing her to some of the most famous courtesans in history: the Marquise de Montespan, Comtesse du Barry, Madame de Pompadour, and Madame Rimsky-Korsakov. My idea was to reproduce four iconic portraits of some of the most fascinating females of the past in a series starring an American pop-culture role model.”
Also in the November 2011 issue, the Art Issue: a couture report with Carine Roitfeld and a behind-the-scenes report on being on set with Madonna. For more, pick up the issue when it arrives on newsstands on October 25 or head to WMagazine.com.