The seating plan at Carolina Herrera all got us talking - and creating ridiculous (but funny) captions - as Nicki Minaj was seated next to Anna Wintour. But this cover shows that our attention was focused in the wrong place. If you remember, to the right of Minaj was W's Stefano Tonchi who obviously took a liking to the rapper as he's chosen her for one of the two November cover's for the magazine.
This is a real bag for Minaj. Although she's appeared in editorials for fashion magazines like US ELLE, this is the first time she's graced the cover on a leading fashion magazine and she has some big shoes to fill. If you cast your mind back to last year, Kim Kardashian's nude cover for the issue this time last year was a sell out.
Props are definitely due to Edward Enninful and artist Francesco Vezzoli who transformed Minaj beautifully into some of the most prominent courtesans in history like Madame Rimsky-Korsakov, Marquise de Montespan and Madame de Pompadour. And whilst Minaj isn't the first person that would have sprung to my mind to cover this issue, once you go go through the full editorial the choice quickly begins to make sense. After all, love or hate her, Lady Gaga aside, nobody quite does drama like Nicki Minaj.