Nicki Minaj, Keyshia Ka’oir: Countdown to ‘Pink Friday: Roman Reloaded’ — Day 4
On day four of our Nicki Minaj Pink Friday: Roman Reloaded countdown, model-turned-entrepreneur Keyshia Ka’oir — formerly Keyshia Dior — gushes over the rapper’s style. Ka’oir founded KA’OIR Cosmetics in 2011, a vibrantly colored line that reflects her unique, artistic eye. Like Minaj, she is also West Indian, and has an affinity for bright colors and pushing the envelope.
A native of Miami with Jamaican roots, Ka’oir most notably starred in Timbaland’s music video for his hit “Say Something.” Working in the entertainment industry for years, she has seen Minaj’s image develop and transform into a brand. Ka’oir discusses the influence behind the 29-year-old’s edge factor in the music industry and whether or not the move will pay off.
Keyshia Ka’oir’s Countdown
to Pink Friday: Roman Reloaded
“Nicki Minaj’s definitely grown as far as with her makeup, her style, her as an artist. I think everything works for her — the crazy wigs, the bright makeup and the clothing she wears. Honestly, there are fans that will always accept her for whatever she does, but then you also have fans who get tired of that gimmick and feel like it’s just too cartoony and overly done. But you can’t please everyone. She is very successful because of that, because people keep talking about what she has on. It keeps you relevant. She started out rapping and then she switched it — she did have a little gimmick in her raps though, but she got that from Lil Wayne. I think Wayne told her you have to be different to win, and it worked. Missy Elliott did well because she had all those little sounds in her songs.
Nicki is huge, I guess we have similarities because we’re both ‘island girls.’ I’ve always dressed weird myself, with the colors and vibrant nails. She hasn’t inspired me, but we’re similar. Rihanna is another one that I think is similar to Nicki and myself. Growing up in the islands, yes, we have the bright colors, but… We don’t follow fashion rules, we don’t think like that.
I think Nicki will please a wider range of her fans. I think [her album] will do well. Those Barbz love their head Barbie!”