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Nicki Minaj Too Self-Center In Praise Of The Zendaya Barbie?

Nicki Minaj isn’t one for mincing words or missing opportunities. With her brash, out-spoken style, Minaj doesn’t miss an opportunity to cast shade or promote herself.

But, was that what Nicki was doing on Sunday when she congratulated Zendaya on receiving a special-edition Barbie modeled after Disney actress?

The K.C. Undercover actress’ fans certainly thought so, Design & Trend reported Monday.

The controversy started Saturday, as Zendaya debuted the look-alike doll at the Barbie Rock ‘N Royals Concert Experience in Hollywood, ABC News reported. The doll replicated the 19-year-old’s look at the 2015 Oscars Red Carpet, a look that was criticized by Fashion Police reporter, Giuliana Rancic.

Nicki Minaj – who also had a Barbie crafted in her honor – took to her Instagram account to praise Zendaya for the honor. And that’s where the problem started for Minaj.

On appearance alone, the best wishes Minaj posted seemed to be genuine, yet the delivery of the message is what has caught the ire of so many irate critics. Nicki posted a picture of her own doll from 2011, and reminded her 34.7 million Instagram followers about her accolades.

“Did u know Barbie made me one a cpl years back? It was such an honor & a HUGE surprise.”

After writing about her past accomplishment, Nicki Minaj turned her attention – and praise – toward Zendaya.

“I love your doll’s hair! I love what it means for other little girls who will identify with it & be empowered. Continue to be proud of yourself girls!!!!!”

In a subsequent post, Minaj tweeted side-by-side photos of the two limited-edition Barbie dolls. “[T]hey should have matching bff Barbie cars with the dreamhouse to match,” Nicki wrote.

Critics of the posts have been swift, focusing on the “Anacoda” singer’s decision to include her previous Barbie in a message congratulating Zendaya on her achievement.