AceShowbiz - Nicki Minaj has reportedly recruited a brand new hairstylist following the underwhelming response to her red carpet look at the MTV Video Music Awards.
The Anaconda hitmaker turned heads at last week's (August 20) New York City prizegiving by showing off her curves in a cream bodysuit and sheer dress ensemble, from Virgil Abloh's Off-White label.
She completed her outfit by keeping her cosmetics relatively simple and donning a long black wig, which was parted into two low ponytails by her longtime hair guru Kim Kimble.
Fans were split over her VMAs appearance and took to social media to air out their thoughts, while Tokyo Stylez, the hairstylist for Nicki's rap rival Cardi B, also criticised her locks, branding them "thin a** ponytails".
Earlier this week, begs August 27, Minaj unveiled a multi-coloured new do in a video clip on Instagram, and credited Dionte Gray, better known as Arrogant Tae, with her playful image.
"Colorful Hair Don't Care," she captioned the clip. "Thank you for making my #BarbieDreams come true lil baby @arrogant_tae123 Welcome him to the Kingdom y'all... (sic)".
Yall been askin me to hit Tae up 4 a long time. I guess y’all were on to something or whatever. 😩😂😍 Actually, when we shot #RakeItUp, I sat w/tokyo,sheika,grizz, in my kitchen in Miami & went over the exact rainbow wig/colors I wanted to do. Finally got around to it & love it— QUEEN (@NICKIMINAJ) 27 August 2018
There was no mention of Kimble's involvement, and reports suggest she and Minaj have since unfollowed one another on social media.
God is so good , god I thank you every single day cause u never let me down!!!!! I prayed n I prayed n I continue to pray for moments like this!! You just really changed my whole life! I been wanting this for years n it might took a while bt im living my dreams literally 😢🙏🏾🙌🏽🙌🏽 I let my cockiness show through my work cause it’s my passion bt im the most humble human being because I’m so blessed man!! I use to sit n dream all this n it’s happening!!! A real legend!!!! I will never forget this at all!!!💞💞💞💞💞 my favorite person in the world since day fucking one!! If anybody knows me knows I always say “I WANNA SLAY NICKI, I WANNA BE NICKI HAIR STYLIST” n now look 🙏🏾🙌🏽🙌🏽🙌🏽
Tae, who also recently worked with singer SZA, has further fuelled speculation the split from Kimble is permanent after sharing the same video and gushing about his new client on his own Instagram page.
"This is so unreal , I'm sooooo happyyy! My life is completed (sic)," he wrote, prompting Minaj to declare him "the best".
"Your humble spirit is what I live for," she remarked. "Thank you for that. It goes such a long way. Even tho (sic) you know you're the best, you've shown so much grace. I can't wait for them (fans) to see what we have in store."
Nicki also thanked her fans for bringing Tae's talents to her attention, adding on Twitter, "Yall been askin me to hit Tae up 4 a long time. I guess y'all were on to something or whatever (sic)."
The response from her followers was clear as they celebrated her reinvigorated new image.
"No disrespect to the other stylists, but this is her best hair look this year!" tweeted one, as another rejoiced, "Tae slayed the f**k outta (killed it) Nicki Minaj hair. this the best her s**t looked her WHOLE career (sic)".
Tae apparently joins make-up artist Aaliyah Jay as a member of Nicki's glam squad. Jay is thought to have also been brought in in recent months in place of another longtime collaborator, Sheika Daley.