Nicki Minaj is very protective of her art, even when it happens to be a racy cover showing off her nearly naked body.
This week pop star Miley Cyrus shared a copy-cat of Nicki’s “Anaconda” cover art, which showed Minaj crouching down while wearing a thong bikini that showed off her entire backside. Miley mad the picture the cover of her Twitter profile, a move that Nicki Minaj didn’t seem to enjoy.
“Give me one good reason why Miley made this her twitter avi. #AnacondaOniTunes,” Nicki captioned the photo, along with an emoji that showed herself crying with laughter.
The “Anaconda” artwork has generated quite a bit of controversy for Nicki Minaj. After the photo drew criticism for its racy nature, Nicki responded by posting pictures of some well-known swimsuit models and asked fans what the difference was between her racy shots and their ones.
But the controversy may have also prompted Nicki to make a change. A few days after debuting the art work, she offered a new version of the cover from the same photo shoot, this one being quite a bit less racy.
Nicki also announced a bit of a change for her single’s debut.
“My darlingz, I’ve pushed the release of Anaconda to next week, Monday 8/4. I promise you will understand why before the week is out. Loveeeeeeee uuuuuu,” Nicki wrote.
Nicki didn’t offer a reason for the single’s delay, but many speculated that the blowback over the cover art may have had something to do with it.
This latest flap the first time that Miley Cyrus has copied Nicki Minaj. Last year the Hannah Montana star dressed up as Nicki for Halloween, and listed Minaj as one of her “top five favorite singers.
At the time, Nicki Minaj seemed flattered by Miley’s remarks.
“OMG! Miley is sooooo cute and every time I see her I say again and again that she is so damn cute and down to earth. I really love her,” the Pink Friday rapper told E! news in July 2013. “What a compliment that was to me. I really love her back. Thanks Miley!”
The latest slam didn’t seem to bother Miley Cyrus, who later use the copy-cat picture of the Nick Minaj “Anaconda” cover to show fans how they could vote for her in the MTV Video Music Awards.