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NICKI AND ROBERTO: Nicki Minaj is fronting the Roberto Cavalli ads for spring. Shot in Los Angeles by photographer Francesco Carrozzini, the campaign’s strong, impactful pictures show the American rapper in dynamic, sensual poses on a shaded, rainbow-colored background.

“I chose Nicki Minaj because she embodies the exuberant and modern femininity of the Cavalli woman,” said Roberto Cavalli. “In recent years, we have become accustomed to women castigated in clothes that hide their body shapes. With this campaign, I wanted to send a strong countertrend message. I wanted a sensual woman who is aware of her body, who is not afraid to show her curves — rather, she turns them into her strength.”

(In that case, Cavalli chose well — just look at Minaj’s video for “Anaconda.”)

The images will appear in international publications in January.