Gentlemen’s Corner: Nicki Minaj’s Stylist Jerod McClairn Talks Dressing the Barb


Nicki Minaj

VIBE Vixen: How has it been working with Nicki Minaj?
Jerod McClairn: Working with Nicki has been really good. We’re just trying to expand upon her current style and have it evolve and mature but also have it be honest to who she really is at this time.

How have her fans responded to her new look?
We’ve had so much positive feedback. Her image definitely highlights that she is a woman, a very attractive woman, with a great body.

How did the collaboration actually come about?
Nicki and her previous stylist had parted ways somehow and it was unexpected. I was available and it all went from there.

Did you think it was a lot to take on?
Yeah. I was like, ‘I don’t understand what they’re looking for. My strong suit isn’t really her creative direction for her image, so I wasn’t sure how it was going to pan out. My agent just encouraged me to do what I do and do what you feel is right. That’s what I did and it was well received.

Where do you get your inspiration from to dress her?
As a stylist, when you’re dressing a person, you’re really dressing that person’s personality. Of course dressing Nicki Minaj—the artist—is different from dressing Nicki Minaj for American Idol because it’s two completely different genres and aspects of her career. I use fashion as a tool to do that and I keep in mind the current trends, but it pretty much comes from her.

Do you style her mostly for her videos or public appearances?
I do most of her public stuff. Sometimes, if I’m prepping her job already, she’ll call me with certain request that’ll be just for her regular every day stuff, but I would say, yeah, I do everything.

Dope. What’s the favorite look you’ve done for Nicki thus far?
The color block [Hervé] Léger dress [paired with] Christian Louboutin’s Black/White Watersnake Daf Mary Janes. It’s the epitome of a collaboration between the two of us. It’s a real honest statement as to who she is and where she is right now as an artist.

I”m sure you two disagree on what she’ll wear.
I’m a professional so I’m accustom to working with celebrities. Our job as professionals is to know how to maneuver through. At the end of the day, as long as she’s getting what she needs, you’re not going to have a problem out of her.