Nicki Minaj is one of the most successful female rappers in the world. She's also business savvy, and inspires other women to speak their minds. And now, she can add "model" to her already long list of roles and accomplishments.
Minaj is no stranger to the fashion industry and has worked on campaigns with several brands, including MAC and Roberto Cavalli, and sat in the front row at some of the world's most prestigious fashion shows. But last month she officially became a model when she signed with the celebrity division of Wilhelmina International, Inc. A decision that meant a lot to Minaj, but also means a lot to the rest of us for one big reason: diversity.
We need to see more women like Nicki Minaj being represented in the media and within publications. Women who are not afraid to embrace who they are and let it reflect their own personal style; women who are not typically portrayed in the modeling world.
For too long the industry has come under fire for only using models who fit into a certain mold, women like Minaj are helping to change that. She sends out a message about body positivity and confidence, she makes no apologies for who she is, what she wants, and how she chooses to dress. She doesn't shy away from her sexuality, she embraces it, and she's proud of her body.
In a world where women are constantly being made to feel inferior because of the images portrayed in the media of the "perfect" woman, Nicki Minaj represents much more, she represents strength, self-love, and acceptance. And by signing her, Wilhelmina is showing the world that it's also time to start celebrating different body types, and different personalities.
Speaking of her decision to join the modeling industry, Minaj said, "I love the synergy between my music and how it inspires my fashion. My message is always about celebrating your own style. I'm thrilled and honored to have signed with Wilhelmina. They get me."