It's been a rollercoaster start of 2017 for the self-proclaimed "Queen of Rap," Nicki Minaj. She started out the year announcing her breakup from Meek Mill and releasing new features before engaging in an epic feud with Remy Ma. Through it all, the femcee has continued to stunt -- and stun -- on Instagram with various pairs of sunglasses. The shade-blockers she uses to ignore all the haters range from the high-end designs of Chanel to the futuristic lenses by her personal fave, Alexander McQueen.
Nicki Minaj has referenced Alexander McQueen in many of her bars due to her affinity for the late designer's collections. Sporting a futuristic look, the rapper pays homage with these golden Alexander McQueen wraparounds that have a bronze tint.
With her stylish sense of humor, the Queens native slayed in a pair of dark red translucent sunglasses from Chanel. The glasses themselves match the style of the brand's shield frames, but are thicker and rectangular with a more modern feel. The average cost of a pair of shields is $470. She wore the same pair when teasing her "Make Love" collaboration with trapper Gucci Mane.
Nicki Minaj wowed attendees -- including Alicia Keys -- and paparazzi with her arrival at Rick Owen's Paris fashion show for his fall 2017 collection. The rapper sheilded her eyes with a golden, black brimmed visor-mask designed by Mykita. The intriguing eyewear collaboration with Bernard Willhelm is a part of Mykita's Daisuke collection and cost a staggering $599.
The rapper glowed in an ensemble that was reminiscent of Lil' Kim's notorious 1999 VMAs outfit -- although the "Beez in the Trap" MC was quick to note that a Picasso piece inspired the selection. In another look suitable for a distant era, Nicki sports a pair of violet Veronique Leroy plexyglasses that cost around $120. The pair is straight off the runway from the brand's SS17 collection.
U.K. fashion house So Monroe bestowed a pair of their KOKO oversized flat-top sunglasses on Minaj. Appreciating the love they've received from the rapper, the company offers a special discount code to future buyers. The pair of shades cost $36.50.
It's all ears ready for a new Nicki Minaj and Future collab, as a few pictures and videos on her Instagram showed the pair filming a new music video. Nicki blinged out with a sultry Agent Provocateur gunmetal crystal bodysuit and matching custom-designed A-morir shades, and a fur coat. And just for added drama, the rappers engaged in a war of their own, flexing their Patek Phillipe Sa watches to see who had the best.