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@Nic@NickiMinaj is at her most animated and unguarded when she’s talking about music, and she thinks about music in deep and complex ways. Jay-Z, Lil Wayne (@liltunechi), Foxy Brown (@foxybrown) — “Those are the three I keep in my head when I’m writing because they’ve influenced me so much,” she says. “I feel like I’m a part of all of them.” Click the link in our bio to read our cover story on @NickiMinaj, one of 7 icons featured in our Greats issue — on newsstands Oct. 22nd. Story by Roxane Gay (@roxanegay74), photo by @patrickdemarchelier, styling by Marie-Amélie Sauvé (@marieameliesauve). #TGreats17
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@Nic@NickiMinaj is working on her fourth studio album, the title of which is, for now, a well-kept secret but is “super, super iconic.” “This album is everything in my life coming full circle and me being truly, genuinely happy. It feels almost like a celebration,” she says. “Now, I can tell you guys what happened for the last two years of my life. I know who I am. I am getting Nicki Minaj figured out with this album and I’m loving her.” It took a long time for her to get to a place of confidence and trusting in her instincts, and it hasn't been without hurdles and challenges along the way. But, ever since she turned her gift into a career, it's been nothing but a checklist of milestones. Click the link in our bio to read our cover story on @NickiMinaj, one of 7 icons featured in our Greats issue — on newsstands Oct. 22nd. Story by Roxane Gay (@roxanegay74), photo by @patrickdemarchelier, styling by Marie-Amélie Sauvé (@marieameliesauve). #TGreats17
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Throughout her career, @Nic@NickiMinaj has demonstrated a discipline and intelligence that is rare among other pop stars of her generation. She has persevered because she is always in control of her craft. Neither her work nor her success are accidental. “I believe in my gift wholeheartedly,” she tells Roxane Gay (@roxanegay74). Now, it feels like the queen of hip-hop is on the verge of another big moment in her career, and she knows it. Click the link in our bio to read our cover story on @NickiMinaj, one of 7 icons featured in our Greats issue — on newsstands Oct. 22nd. Story by Roxane Gay (@roxanegay74), photo by @patrickdemarchelier, styling by Marie-Amélie Sauvé (@marieameliesauve). #TGreats17
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A slinky dress plus a slouchy trouser equals the season's sharpest silhouette. Click the link in our bio to see 5 more ways to pull off this look. Photo by Amit, styling by Elodie David Touboul
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A pale-pink spiral staircase, restored by French artisans, leads to a private living space on the top floor of erotic jewelry designer @bet@betonyvernon's Parisian sanctuary. The space, which previously belonged to nuns, is hidden behind a pair of 17th-century wooden doors on a bustling street in Paris’s Marais neighborhood. Click the link in our bio to take a tour of @betonyvernon's Paris boudoir. Photo by Thibault Montamat
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Jeanette Dalrot (@jeanettedalrotinteriors) doesn’t hide her obsessive attention to detail. Instead, the Swedish restaurant designer energetically puts it on display in the inviting interiors she creates for her clients, like @hero_paris. Naturally, Dalrot’s compulsive tinkering extends to her own home. “A quantity of something helps makes a space decorative,” Dalrot suggests. Here, six succulents sit atop a counter she created herself using wood from Ikea. Photo by Nicholas Calcott (@ncott)
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For T's new video series #makeTsomething, the artist @alexdacorte accepts our challenge to make an object in under an hour using a select few items – including a copy of The New York Times – with spooky results. Shot by @scottrossfilm
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A Tunisian who came to #Paris with his parents in 1962 as a 2-year-old, @Charles_Zana likes to think of himself as a "bohemian sort of collector" -- and one of Ettore Sottsass' most enthusiastic. In one room of his Rue de Grenelle apartment sits a lamp of his own design on a 1962 #Sottsass console, situated next to a Carlo Mollino Lutrario armchair, with stool, from 1957. A 1965 Sottsass totem, one of three Zana owns, stands in the corner. For more of his art-filled living space, click the link in our bio. Photo by @HenryBourne. #RoomOfTheDay
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Designer of erotic jewelry @betonyvernon and her at-home version of the “theta rig,” hanging from the ceiling of Heaven, the space where she sees clients. A self-described “sexual anthropologist” and the author of the candid yet refined 2013 sex guide, “The Boudoir Bible,” Vernon holds sessions in her private Parisian home studio in which she helps clients find erotic awareness through a combination of talk therapy, movement and occasional treatments in this nine-foot bronze, steel and leather swinglike contraption. A client climbs in and is suspended horizontally four feet above the ground for 25 minutes — Vernon, a certified medical hypnotist, uses this therapy tool, which she designed, to ease the person into a meditative “theta state,” the brain-wave frequency reached during yoga and orgasm. Click the link in our bio to take a tour of @betonyvernon's sumptuous and hushed sanctuary. Photo by Thibault Montamat
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The artist Billie Zangewa and her work in the @blankprojects booth at London's @fri@friezeartfair. The booth was devoted to four small hand-sewn tapestries of raw silk by the Malawi-born, Johannesburg-based artist in a presentation entitled “Love and Happiness.” Zangewa is touted as primarily exploring intersectional identity in a contemporary context and challenging the stereotyping, objectification and exploitation of the black female body. But in these works (all made this year), she steered clear of obvious politics in favor of representing quotidian things, such as “Stolen Moments,” depicting a couple lounging in bed, one person working on a laptop while the other reads a book. Click the link in our bio for more great things we saw at @friezeartfair. Photo by Mark Blower; Courtesy of Frieze, London.
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The British artist Chris Ofili, who has lived in Trinidad since 2005, is the subject of a new show, “Paradise Lost,” at @davidzwirner in New York. The exhibition showcases four oil-and-charcoal paintings and one sculpture: a human puppet, suspended in a bird cage crafted out of wood and gold-plated wire. But, photographic work has recently become an extension of his practice. For a new series — which will be published in a forthcoming book and which debuts exclusively on T — the artist captured scenes around the neighborhoods, hills and coastline of northern Trinidad last summer. “‘Pocket photography’ is a way of gathering and storing information, but also a way of capturing information that the fleeting eye might not capture,” says Ofili of his series. The subject matter of the pictures — sidewalks, palm trees and chain-link fences — speaks to the themes in his show at Zwirner. “There’s an idea, a feeling, that’s triggered by the experience of seeing these settings, and I wouldn’t separate the inspiration from the artwork in the exhibition. They come from the same experience.” Photos by Chris Ofili
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Dubbed “the shame of Italy,” the city of Matera remained largely abandoned for decades. Its two cave districts, Sasso Barisano and Sasso Caveoso, which are composed of individual dwellings carved into fossil-stuffed strata and stacked on top of each other like cells in a haphazardly constructed beehive, were inhabited from prehistory until the 1950s, when — overcrowded, poverty-stricken and disease-ridden — they were evacuated by the state. Recently, though, entrepreneurs have returned home after stints in Rome and Milan and given new life to the city, which will be 2019’s European Capital of Culture. One look at Matera today and you’ll wonder why the historic Puglian towns of Ostuni and Lecce get all the attention. Click the link in our bio for tips on where to stay (and what to eat) in the ancient city of stone and caves. Photo by @federicociamei
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