Good morning, fellow readers. Last night, perhaps by the time you had already fallen into a deep slumber, we received a gift from the shock value gods.
Paper, which has increased its presence as a cultural authority since its revamp in 2014, has placed an emphasis on themed issues, including its most infamous one, Kim Kardashian's #BreakTheInternet cover.
In the time since, Paper has not reused the theme, as magazines often do. It seemed as if no one could cause quite the stir that Kimberly did.
No one but Nicki. Or three Nickis, that is.
Her Minajesty appears on the cover thrice at the same damn time. And as she's rapped countless times before, and as her chosen rap name suggests, the aforementioned three Nickis appear to be engaged in a ménage à trois of sorts. So many Onikas, so little time. We're gonna need a tricycle.
The steamy shoot — photographed by the famously provocative Ellen von Unwerth — was styled by Nicki herself. And if you thought this cover was sufficient internet-breaking material, just you wait: the magazine contains a whopping 16-page editorial entitled “Minaj à Trois,” and depicts "the best-selling female rapper of all time in triplicate taking pleasure in herself," according to a press release. The cover roll out also contained a snippet of a digital short, above, that sounds and looks like, well... porn.
While doing her best "eat the cookie face," a pasty-clad Nic wears underwear by Baroness, those $10K boots by Saint Laurent we've seen everywhere, bracelets by FANASKII and a choker by Djula. Pink-haired Barbie Nic wears a bodysuit by A.F. Vandevorst, a vintage Giorgio Armani belt, earrings by Fallon and boots by Pleaser Shoes. Licki — sorry, Nicki — whose hair is both impressively and strategically all up in her butt crack, wears a dress by Nene L.A. Shiro.
Hate it or love it, no doubt this image has already burned your retinas. And isn't that the point of editorials, anyway? One thing's for sure: this is one cover that will be hard to forget.
(Photo: Paper Magazine, Winter 2017 S10)