Stepping out of the driver's seat of her new white Range Rover, Nicki Minaj rolled into her first MC cover shoot wearing a curly blonde wig, polka-dot slippers, and a pink trucker cap with "Nicki" bedazzled across the front. On set, the rapper aimed razor-sharp focus at the camera but mixed a little personal with the professional, pausing to order Mother's Day gifts for some of her crew. After the shoot—toting the red leather, spiked Bess jacket she loved so much that she bought it off MC's rack—Minaj tweeted to her more than 16 million Barbz: "Best shoot of all time. Best team of all time. XO." —Marisa Carroll
Bodysuit, $1,206, LaQuan Smith; Mohawk, price upon request, New York Vintage; Black-gold ring, price upon request, Repossi; Full-finger silver ring, $413, Bernard Delettrez.
Dress, $3,190, Just Cavalli; Bracelet, price upon request, Versace; Wide black-diamond ring, price upon request, Vhernier; , price upon request, Bulgari; Thin silver star ring, $2,600, Lynn Ban.
On Eyes: MAC Liquid Eye Liner in Boot Black.
"What is the 1 most important message U'd like young women to take away from Ur music?" —@aboutthetowne
"Don't lose the fun side of you, the part of you that fantasized and had a great imagination, but don't ever get complacent because there's always someone gunning to take your spot. You've got to work like it's your first day on the job every day. That's what I do: Work hard, laugh later. I just don't want people to think that you can get this any other way. You can't get it with a pretty little smile. You have to put the work in, and that goes for anything you want to do."