The sassy rap-pop star has taken over the world with a haze of weird stage personas and confrontational costumes. As she makes her Dubai debut, we delve into Nicki Minaj’s wacky world

The beginning

Born Onika Tanya Maraj in Trinidad and Tobago in 1982, Minaj was raised by her grandmother before joining her parents in Queens, NY, at the age of five. Her father had problems with addiction while her mother, a nurse, held the family together. To escape her home life Minaj created an alter ego called Cookie – the first of many.

Nicki Minaj plays Atelier at Meydan on Friday December 28, 7pm-3am. Get tickets here