Anna Wintour’s new favorite partner in blunt-smoking Nicki Minaj is the cover girl of W‘s November “art and fashion” issue, and for the accompanying editorial, the magazine decided to do something unexpected and wonderful with her. With the help of artist Francesco Vezzoli, they styled her to look like several different Renaissance portraits, if Nicki Minaj had been alive back then. (And if black women had been allowed to be noblewomen in 17th century Europe.) In addition to being cool and unique, I think the photos do a great job showcasing Nicki’s natural beauty, which often takes a backseat to her crazy ensembles.

(Via ONTD)