01/08/2012 12:35 pm ET Updated Mar 09, 2012

It's Nicki's World

From The Perhaps it was the brightly colored surgical mask that covered Nicki Minaj's pout at the MTV Video Music Awards last August. Or maybe it was the neon puffball tunic, which made her look as if she'd fallen into a bowl of Dippin' Dots, that she wore to Carolina Herrera's spring 2012 show in September. But few in 2011 could take their eyes off Ms. Minaj, the Technicolor Barbie with the big voice and an elastic smile.

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