Nicki Minaj's Eye-Catching "Pink Friday" Cover Explained, "She Wanted To Look Like One Of Those Broken Barbies"

The photographer responsible Nicki Minaj's eye-catchng Pink Friday artwork has come forward to provide the story behind her long-awaited debut's visual.

According to photographer GL Wood, Minaj intentionally requested having her arms detached on the album cover.

"[Nicki] wanted to rip her arms off to really do the whole Barbie theme, like when little girls trash their dolls," says photographer GL Wood. "She wanted to look like one of those broken Barbies." Mission accomplished. Woods, who took similar shots of Minaj in the October issue of Out magazine says the rapper was inspired by their original shoot and wanted to go in the same direction but crazier. When Pink Friday drops November 22, Woods says fans can expect album artwork featuring girly aesthetics and more of Minaj's never-ending legs. One idea Woods says he wished made it inside would've thrown her even more left-field. "I had an idea to cut up pieces of her and paste it back together. It still would kind of look like her, but it would be sliced apart and taped a little off centered." (VIBE)

The cover art leaked across the Internet earlier this month.

It's Barbie, b*tch! With her highly-anticipated debut Pink Friday about a month away, Nicki Minaj gets dolled up on the album's cover. Alarmingly staring at the camera, the Harajuku Barbie takes the pink motif to the extreme, sitting armless on the ground with her elongated legs in a flowing silver corset, pink stilettos, and a stark pink wig. (Rap-Up)

Writing on Twitter, Minaj hinted at why she is featured on the album without arms.

"Had them rip my arms out the socket. Detachable arms cuz arms r for common folk. #itspinkfridayhoe *dead*," she tweeted Friday (October 15). (Nicki Minaj's Twitter)

Minaj is expected to announce her album tracklisting sometime today.

"Pink Friday Tracklisting Coming on Monday!!!! Pink Friday will be released on 11.22.10 * Right Thru Me video Premiers Wednesday!!!," she wrote early Sunday (October 24). (Nicki Minaj's Twitter)

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