Nicki Minaj appeared yesterday (October 15) at a launch event for her Kmart clothing collection. The line, which is also available at shopyourway.com, was inspired by Chanel, Versace and Herve Leger, the rapper says, as per billboard.com.
The line includes a pink velour track suit, a faux fur trapper hat, midriff-baring tops, patterned leggings and dresses, as well as jewelry, clutches and bejeweled caps, according to billboard.com.
Items on the line are priced between $3.99 for a studded bracelet and $37.99 for a denim jacket.
Nicki Minaj says that she understands that celebrities such as herself without formal design training may face skepticism from the fashion world, but she said that it’s “not about being a designer,” according to Billboard.com’s story. She says she just wanted to make clothes that she would love to wear.
Since emerging several years ago, Nicki Minaj has been rap’s preeminent female artist.
In 2010, the Queens, New York rapper became the first female emcee to have seven songs on the Billboard Top 200 Singles charts. In 2012, she was a judge on the television program “American Idol.”
“It was such a great experience,” Minaj said of her time on “American Idol” during an interview with eonline.com. “I would not trade it for the world. But my heart is in my music and I had to step back and go have different experiences so that I could write my third album…That’s the most important thing in my life right now.”
Through her endorsements, music and other business endeavors, Nicki Minaj earned an estimated $29 million from June 2012 to June 2013, according to Forbes’ Cash Kings 2013: The World’s 20 Highest-Paid Hip-Hop Artists.