See the Trend That Nicki Minaj Is Loving That Rihanna Rocked First

NEW YORK, NY - JUNE 02: (EDITORS NOTE: Image contains partial nudity.)  Rihanna attends the CFDA Awards at Alice Tully Hall, Lincoln Center on June 2, 2014 in New York City.  (Photo by Rabbani and Solimene Photography/WireImage)

See the Trend That Nicki Minaj Is Loving That Rihanna Rocked First

Kanye was also a huge fan.

Published March 27, 2017

Nicki Minaj, being the sartorial chameleon she is, is never one to play it safe when it comes to her outfits. So when we noticed that, just in this past week, Her Minajesty wore two sparkly headdresses, we knew she was on to something.

Sparkly headgear is hardly a new revelation. We can easily trace its origins to as far back as Josephine Baker, the O.G. performance artist. 

And just as androgenous men of the past have made it acceptable to rock sparkly looks, Kanye West has further forged fashion's flirtation with hip-hop (and made it so dudes can wear tight jeans, don't you forget it!). He even wore the Margiela mask (No. 4) while performing in 2012. Margiela, which features a mask in all its presentations (sparkly or otherwise), was then tasked with creating Kanye's Yeezus Tour wardrobe — including, you guessed it, those face-obscuring masks (see No. 5). Ye's love for the house is well-documented. His Instagram account is virtually a moodboard of all-things Margiela, clarifying his Yeezy collections' obvious homages to the label's signatures.

We'd be remiss without mentioning Pat McGrath's genius gaze as a vehicle to revolutionize fashion's relationship with beauty. McGrath has teamed up with Givenchy's former creative director, Riccardo Tisci, to create bespoke face masks for several presentations. She is truly a makeup artist in the full sense of the word, as her work for Givenchy even appeared in the Cooper Hewitt Design Museum in 2016.

Through the ages, plenty of trends fade, but sparkly headgear has remained supreme. We've rounded up 14 photos that best exemplify the omnipresent craze. One thing's for certain: This isn't your orthodontist's headgear.

  1. Josephine Baker, 1920
    (Photo: G. L. Manuel Freres/Hulton Archive/Getty Images)
  2. Diana Ross, 1982
    (Photo: Harry Langdon/Getty Images)
  3. Lil' Kim, 1990s
  4. Maison Margiela, 2012

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  5. Kanye West's Yeezus Tour, 2013
    (Photo: Jeff Kravitz/Getty Images for Anheuser-Busch)
  6. Alexander McQueen, 2013
    (Photo: Catwalking/Getty Images)
  7. Jasmine Tookes Walking Dolce & Gabbana, 2013
  8. Rihanna at the CFDA Awards, 2014
    (Photo: Rabbani and Solimene Photography/WireImage)
  9. Pat McGrath for Givenchy, 2014
    (Photo: Pascal Le Segretain/Getty Images)
  10. Rihanna at Cropover, 2015

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  11. Rihanna in Guo Pei At The Met Gala, 2015

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  12. Pat McGrath for Givenchy, 2016

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  13. Nicki Minaj, 2017

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  14. Nicki Minaj, 2017

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Written by Lainey Sidell

(Photo: Rabbani and Solimene Photography/WireImage)


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