Nicki Minaj recently chatted it up with Rolling Stone about her new Harajuku Fashion line and perfume line. She stresses the importance of including both her Barbz and her Ken-Barbz. And, She gets playfully competitive with Lil’ Wayne over his Truk Fit clothing line. Find out why she says he will be asking her for a Job when her line comes out and read the full interview after the Jump!
You’ve had several style collaborations this year – first MAC Viva Glam, then OPI, now Adidas. Do you have any more fashion projects on the horizon?
Well, I’m putting my fragrance out in September. We’re also working on the clothing line – I’m trying to launch that next year. We have the designs, the designers, all of that stuff. We’re just looking for a place and deciding where we’re gonna go with the brand. We’ve had a couple offers from a lot of big players. I’m really looking forward to it because I feel like my fans are always asking me, “Where’d you get this? Where’d you get that?” and sometimes they can’t afford certain things, so my biggest goal was to make a line that was going to be affordable to my fans and also rich enough in quality that they’ll feel like they’re wearing exactly what I’m wearing. I’m really excited about that.
Can you describe one outfit or give us an idea of what exactly will be in the clothing line?
It’ll be Harajuku Barbie, put it that way. I think it’ll kinda have both those alter egos somewhere in there.
What about the perfume? Let’s talk about that. How’s it going to smell?
I sprayed the perfume for a few of my fans at the meet-and-greet at the tours and they’re like, “It smells like heaven.” [Laughs] They’re like, “It’s so soothing.” It has, like, floral and woodsy undertones. It’s just really, really sweet. It’s really refreshing. I sprayed it for Drake and he was like, “Yeah, I’d like it if my girl smelled like that.” So I’ve been getting a lot of opinions on it. The guys seem to like it and the girls are gonna love it.
Well if Drake likes it, that’s good enough for a lot of girls. Do you have a name for it and know where you’ll be selling it?
[laughs] Yeah! It’ll be in Macy’s. We’ll actually launch there. I don’t want to say the name yet; I’ll probably release that information via Twitter in a couple weeks.
We’ll keep an eye out. Your mentor, Lil Wayne, has his Trukfit clothing line now, which is also expanding to Macy’s. Do you give each other style advice or talk about your fashion lines together?
The other day, me and Wayne were bashing each other. He was telling me that my clothing line better not copy off of his clothing line. And I was like, “Excuse me?” And he was just like bragging about his clothing line is at Macy’s and we were just cracking up laughing. It’s like, I’m so super proud of this man. I feel like there’s nothing he can’t do. Everything he does, he wins at it. His clothing line – my guy friends, you know, are already rocking Trukfit. It’s interesting because things really happen overnight nowadays but, best believe, when my clothing line comes, I’m going to blow him out the park and he’s probably going to be coming asking me for a job. [laughs]
Now we have to put that in Rolling Stone.
[Laughs] I got this on tape! The Barbz will be able to see the full, full Nicki Minaj vs. Lil Wayne clothing line clash combo on tape for them to witness. It’s gonna be really, really fun. He’s super-duper supportive and I told him that the next time I go to Macy’s, I’m going to spend like a billion dollars – I don’t care what I have on my credit card or in my pocketbook, I’m gonna buy every last ounce of Trukfit in the store. And he was like, “Yeah, I’m not sending you no Trukfit, I’m not sending it to you for free – you gotta go buy it, you gotta support!” And you know what, Wayne? Fine, I’m gonna support.
I was surprised because I never thought of Wayne having a clothing line but now it makes perfect sense. He’s always had like his own style, and so I know that his line is gonna be super, super successful from the things that I’ve already seen from it. It doesn’t look like anything else out there and I’m really excited for him.
If he’s making you buy Trukfit, he’s going to have to go buy your perfume for his girlfriend. It’s only fair.
He’d better! That’s what I said. He was like, “Why aren’t you wearing Trukfit?” and I was like, “Lil, you’d better wear my clothing line.” He was like, “Isn’t it going to be for girls?” I said it was unisex. He said, “Oh, ok.” So I have him on tape saying he’s going to wear my clothing line as well.
Oh, so you’re designing for men? Or is he just going to make the girly look work for him?
I’m gonna have some stuff. My boys, like the gay boys, are like, “Nicki, please do not exclude us from this clothing line,” so I’m going to make it my business to have stuff that my boys can wear as well. Also, it’s gonna build, you know? We’ll see how it starts but I don’t want to leave my boys out. They’re too precious and they’re always so supportive, so I’m going to do my best to include the boys and the girls on this one.
What is your favorite stage outfit you’ve worn in your career?
You know, for the Grammys I wore the Oscar de la Renta dress and it was the most comfortable dress, the most comfortable stage outfit I’ve ever worn. To me, it’s about being comfortable onstage. If I can be comfortable, then I’m very, very, very happy. More recently, I liked what I wore for the BET Awards, when I was doing “Beez in the Trap” ‘cuz it was sexy and it made me feel really powerful.