It's hard not to see to the reach of rapper Nicki Minaj's popularity, especially now that she's hit mainstream media. This month, be sure to pick up a copy of Elle's May 2011 music issue to read about her career aspirations and view her five-page fashion spread wearing designs by Mark Fast, Givenchy, and Jean Paul Gaultier.
Other iconic female artists to grace their owns versions of the cover include Gwen Stefani, Robyn and Aretha Franklin. BV on Style has the photos of Minaj, who ditched her wild wigs and outlandish outfits for high fashion.
Editorial by Yannique Benitez
Photographs provided by Elle Mag