PHOTOS: Ai Wei Wei And Nicki Minaj Get Their Own W Covers

Man, oh, man do we love when fashion magazines go the extra mile to produce not just one, but multiple cool covers! For its November art issue, W Magazine partnered with embattled Chinese artist Ai Wei Wei on one cover, and teamed up with Francesco Vezzoli to produce a pretty jarring image of Nicki Minaj on another.

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All of next month’s covers are commissions the magazine made — but Ai’s was the only one that got accomplished via Skype. His concept features model Sui He on being arrested on the streets of Queens, shot by photographer Max Vadukul and styled by a team of editors from W. Ai is under close supervision in Beijing, held as a dissident of the Chinese government.

Miss Minaj’s cover, meanwhile, is just as arresting. In it, Vezzoli transforms her into a stately looking gray-haired lady, accessorized with pearl bracelets, a shawl and an eye hanging out of her eye. It’s a little weird, but tamer than anything she wore during fashion week — and a lot less risque than last year’s art issue cover, which featured a naked Kim Kardashian.

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Take a look at the cool covers below — and if neither is to your liking, don’t worry. There are probably more where these came from.

[NYT, Huffington Post]

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