Nicki Minaj Barbie doll to be auctioned off for charity
Nicki Minaj has joined forces with Mattel to produce a "Minajesty" Barbie doll which will be auctioned off for charity.
The doll, which features cotton-candy pink hair with matching boots, a silver "Barbie" necklace and a champagne dress with a billowy sheer tulle skirt, will be auctioned on Charity Buzz to benefit the Project Angel Food organization, which provided food for men, women and children affected by HIV/AIDS.
The Charity Buzz auction will run through December 19 and has a starting price of $1,000, which has already been met.
"Barbie is obviously a pop culture icon. She's been in the spotlight for over 50 years, and strikes that chord with girls of all ages in terms of being representative of the times," Barbie spokeswoman Stefani Yocky told MTV. "And Nicki is a big part of pop culture and also huge within the fashion industry, as well as a big Barbie fan ... It's really exciting for us that she's been so generous to allow us to create this one-of-a-kind doll to support such an important cause."
The 28-year-old hip hop and pop star, known for her bright, colorful and often quirky outfits as well as her music, recently announced she will release a new album called "Pink Friday: Roman Reloaded" on Feb. 14, 2012 - next year's Valentine's Day.
The album follows the 2010 release of her debut album, simply titled "Pink Friday," which contains the bonus track "Super Bass" and the song "Roman's Revenge." The latter features rapper Eminem and references Minaj's angry alter-ego, Roman Zolanski.
It was also recently announced that Billboard has named her the "Rising Star" of 2011. She will receive the award at the organization's "Women in Music" event on December 2 in New York.
In October, she appeared on Ellen DeGeneres' talk show to surprise two of her biggest fans - two young British girls whose YouTube video covering the singer's hit "Super Bass" went viral.