Nicki Minaj would like more attention, please

Nicki Minaj in leopard print body suit and blonde wig

Nicki Minaj is still using New York Fashion Week as opportunity to market herself as having an “interesting” fashion sense. In a move clearly designed to get everyone talking about her, here she is doing the “Look! So zany! So wacky!” thing by matching her shoes to her body suit thing, to her hair. (Note: Matching your shoes to your hair is generally going to end badly. Just FYI.) The problem is, it’s working. Well, here WE are, talking about her. Damn, we walked right into the trap!

It’s a vicious fashion circle, this one. The more they dress strangely, the more attention they get, and the more attention they get, the more they dress strangely… and so the cycle continues. What Nicki here will have to beware of, though, is something we call The Gaga Effect. The Gaga Effect basically states that after a certain amount of “OMGCRAZY!” dressing, interest will suddenly and dramatically tail off, as everyone become desensitised to the strangeness, and starts saying, “Well, if it was someone else it would be shocking, but that’s what you expect from Nicki Minaj, isn’t it?” And before you know it, the would-be wacky dresser is being carried into venues inside a giant egg in order to keep the shock value going. Tragic.

Seriously, this outfit already seems pretty ordinary compared to THIS one, doesn’t it? And yet, imagine if Victoria Beckham wore it! Or Sarah Jessica Parker. Or almost ANYONE other than Nicki, Gaga or Rihanna, who should really look into starting their own gang. They could call it the Wacky Dressers Club, and they could swap tips on how to try and shock people with clothes, even although no one is even remotely shocked any more. Katy Perry could be in it, too. Think about it: it would keep them busy at least. That has to be worth something, no?

Our tip: really interesting dressers don’t have to rely on shock value to get their photos taken. Let this be a warning to you all. But¬†especially¬†you, Nicki Minaj.

[Image: Fame Pictures]

6 Comments

  • September 14, 2011

    Viper

    Quite honestly, I don’t buy into the “people who dress crazy on the Red Carpet/for shows/award ceremonies/etc. are attention whores!!!!” thing. Fashion is an art, and some are more artistic and flamboyant than others. However, social norms dictate we must dress a certain way to be productive and respected, and even those with a more creative sense of fashion adhere to those standards. However, when an opportunity arises, such as a concert or an awards ceremony where things like practicality no longer matter, people have more freedom to “go all-out,” so to speak. It may not be an attempt at “look at me!” and in fact, I believe people like Lady Gaga would dress the same way even if it wasn’t considered outrageous, because that’s the presentation they enjoy.

    If they were dressing like this to go to the library, or the gym, or the grocery store, THEN I’d feel more inclined to say they are doing it for attention. But we pretty much only see these celebrities when they are at shows, or parties, or performances, where they have the freedom to dress as they please without having to worry about practicality or professional and social perception, and they do so.

    I wear lolita fashion. Naturally I don’t wear it to the museum I work at, or to the gym to work out, or when I volunteer at the food bank, etc. because that’s impractical and unprofessional. And while I can’t pretend like I don’t enjoy positive attention I get from it, attention is not a factor in how I choose to present myself on the weekends. Each outfit is a piece of art, each outfit is a small liberation from the social and work environments in which clothing is somehow considered indicative of a person’s values and personality. Celebrities like Nicki and Katy Perry live and work in a creative environment where it’s acceptable to dress how they like, and they take advantage of that.

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    • September 15, 2011

      Natasha

      Actually, I remember maybe a year ago Gaga was photographed at her little sister’s graduation ceremony, looking insane as always. If that’s not attention-whoring, I don’t know what is. It’s a fairly formal occasion, plus it’s someone else’s day. But obviously, all her public appearances are just not enough, she had to be the center of attention there too.

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      • September 15, 2011

        Viper

        If that’s true that’s extremely rude and disrespectful, unless she intended to give a performance.

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    • September 16, 2011

      Zoe

      If fashion is art, than this is the guy who throws a bucket of paint on a canvas and then tries to sell it for $500,000.

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      • September 16, 2011

        Viper

        This particular look IS pretty bad, honestly, haha.

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  • September 19, 2011

    Claudia

    Art? Rather amateurish, if indeed it is art. To me, it is a very childish variety of attention grabbing, like toddlers flashing their butt in front of Grandma and then running away, giggling.

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