At this past weekend’s MTV Video Music Awards, hip-hop artist Nicki Minaj wore what she considered a Japanese-inspired outfit.
As she told the Los Angeles Times, “Tokyo inspires this outfit,” the winner for hip-hop video said backstage Sunday. “You know, Harajuku is something I have been absorbing for a very long time.”
Of course, Minaj isn’t the first mainstream American music star to embrace Harajuku, as No Doubt front woman/solo artist Gwen Stefani styled an entire album (2004’s Love. Angel. Music. Baby) and clothing line after the Harajuku fashion.
In fact, the music video for Minaj’s 2010 song Check It Out, which featured Black Eyed Pea Will.I.Am., was heavily inspired by Japanese themes. Check it out below.
Do you like these American music stars adopting Harajuku/Japanese styles? Do they pull it off well? Feel free to leave comments and discuss.