Six Nicki Minaj Outrageous Video Outfits

The last few years were pretty barren in hip-hop for female rappers. The once-great spitfires seemed to have all disappeared, tried to become actresses, or wound up in jail, even, in the case of the great Queen Bee, Lil Kim.

Lil Kim's out now, but the successor to her throne seems to be rising Young Money starlet Nicki Minaj. Like Kim before her, Minaj can go from innocent to sexy to fierce in one line, and her distinctive voice and style as important as her lyrical substance.

Minaj has made a boring world of rap posturing colorful again with her distinctly feminine energy and sartorial outrageousness. It's clearly struck a chord with a grpwing contingent of diehard fans, who do themselves up in their best Nicki-style outfits and crowd her shows.

Seriously, Minaj attracts some of the most entertaining fans in hip-hop today -- one of the best parts of her live videos is the opportunity to check out the front rows of her shows. (Possibly one of the best is this clip from Detroit, where a random skinny white guy takes the mic to spit one of her more obscure verses word for word. Skip ahead to 1:50.)

Nicki headlines the Best of the Best concert this Sunday night. In celebration of her unique style, here are six of our favorite Nicki Minaj video outfits.

Mariah Carey feat. Nicki Minaj - "Up Out My Face"

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Both Mariah and Nicki get to live out their dreams of being real-life dolls in this video, in whose opening scene both appear in life-ize, cellophane-fronted toy boxes. That's cute, but wait for the sexy latex nurse outfits, which Nicki rocks with a short platinum-blonde wig.

Young Money - "Bed Rock"

By now you can probably recite the lyrics to this whole ensemble song in your sleep, but from the get-go, it was clear Nicki was the breakout star on the track. If her appearance here defined her new-found fame, her video here also defined her over-the-top, cartoonish Barbie chic. Skip ahead to 1:30 to check out her variety of candy-pink hair, lingerie, and gauzy dresses. Extra-amazing details are her zebra-print platform mules and her technicolor eyeshadow.

Nicki Minaj - "Massive Attack"

For her own single and video, Nicki chooses here a signature pink-and-khaki-green outfit that's part geisha, part military, and part bondage. Later on, there's also a skintight, bedazzled camo jumpsuit, and further proof that Nicki makes a great platinum blonde.

Young Money - "Roger That"

Our favorites from this Young Money group video: a pair of flight attendant/pilot-style outfits gone risque, and and what looks like a rhinestone-encrusted jump suit.

Usher feat. Nicki Minaj - "Lil Freak"

Just ignore the boring brunette fashion-model type who is ostensibly the star of this video's narrative. The real show-stealer here is, of course, Nicki, who in her role as Usher's wingwoman rocks one of her craziest hairstyles yet -- a gravity-defying, half-blonde, half-black teased-out creation that would make Cruella de Ville proud. Then there are her tight get-ups here which redefine the word "clothes," looking instead sort of like disco balls unspooled and then taped to her body.

Ludacris feat. Nicki Minaj - "My Chick Bad"

Again, Nicki steals the show -- that's her around 2:07, in the flash of shocking pink. Add a spike-decorated, pink motorcycle jacket, pink wig, black wig, duct tape, skin-tight black pants, and a Freddie Krueger-style glove for a look that's part cotton candy, part killer.

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