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Minaj v Zanotti: Monster Giuseppe Heel No Longer Nicki's Monster Shoe


The raptress called out the shoe designer for using her name but refusing to take her calls. 

Queen of Rap and Billy Eichner superfan Nicki Minaj is not here for anyone's B.S. As a rule. So when she gets a whiff of it, she hikes up her waist-trainer and goes to work. Minaj took to social media to call out famed cobbler Giuseppe Zanotti for allegedly using her name for a line of sneakers, but then refusing to take calls from her people.

Minaj continued her missives on Twitter, recalling their history together, citing other artists he's collaborated with, hinting at some cultural appropriation, and calling upon her Barbies (fans) to join in on the public shaming.

Mother even gave you a poll:

Indeed, there are a number of "Nicki"-branded Zanotti shoes for sale, all bearing a Minaj-esque factor to them:


So if what Nicki claims is correct--that Zanotti is willing to use her name but not willing to actually collaborate with her--well, then that falls in line with hip-hop's long, complicated history with luxury brands.

Remember when Jay-Z called for a boycott of Cristal champagne after the bubbly made some disparaging comments about being closely associated with hip-hop's "bling lifestyle?" Then there's the persistent rumor that Tommy Hilfiger didn't appreciate the embrace of the hip hop community back in the '90s--even when he used Aaliyah (may she rest) as a muse for one of his collections.

Okay, calling Tommy Hilfiger a luxury brand may be a stretch, but Nicki and Zanotti are certainly adding some sartorial shade to this New York Fashion Week. #GiuseppeWhatsGood

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