Nicki Minaj says the 2022 Met Gala 'cemented' her decision to get a breast reduction. Here are all 6 of her gala ensembles.

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Nicki Minaj attended the Met Gala six times between 2013 and 2022. Rabbani and Solimene Photography/Neilson Barnard/WWD/Getty Images
  • Nicki Minaj recalled her red carpet style in an interview with Vogue. 

  • Minaj said she "loved" her 2022 Met Gala look, but it "cemented" her decision to get a breast reduction. 

  • Here are all her Met Gala looks between 2013 and 2022. 

Nicki Minaj cringed while looking back at her Met Gala style.

In Vogue's latest "Life in Looks" video, the Grammy-nominated rapper reflected on some of her most iconic fashion moments during her career. At one point, she recalled her 2022 Met Gala look, which caused her to gasp and say "oh no" in the video.

Minaj, 41, said the gown "cemented" her decision to get a breast reduction. She confirmed the surgery in November to Vogue.

"I did my fittings. I told them I loved this hat and I loved what the outfit was giving, but I said, 'You guys, look, these boobs are going to be spilling out,'" Minaj said in the video.

She added: "I knew before we even left the room that the boobs were about to have a night of their own."

Minaj has attended the illustrious event six times since she first stepped onto the Met Gala carpet in 2013. Take a look at her style over the years.

May 2013: Minaj attended her first Met Gala in a Tommy Hilfiger gown

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Nicki Minaj at the 2013 Met Gala. Larry Busacca/Getty

The 2013 Met Gala theme was "Punk: Chaos to Couture," but Minaj kept things simple in a dark blue gown featuring cut-outs along the midriff and a square neckline. Tommy Hilfiger designed the gown and gifted Minaj a $32,000 Rolex for being his guest at the event.

"Oh gee, thx Tommy," she wrote on X, known as Twitter at the time.

May 2016: She wore a Moschino gown and walked with designer Jeremy Scott on the red carpet

Jeremy Scott and Nicki Minaj at the Met Gala on May 2, 2016.
Jeremy Scott and Nicki Minaj at the 2016 Met Gala. Kevin Mazur/Getty Images

Minaj waited three years to attend her next Met Gala, which had the "Manus x Machina: Fashion in an Age of Technology" theme. She posed with designer Jeremy Scott, wearing a Moschino creation on the red carpet. Scott announced in March 2023 that he intended to step down from his role with the luxury fashion brand.

The sheer black dress featured a plunging necklace and black belts with bejeweled buckles. Minaj also wore black sheer opera gloves.

May 2017: Minaj's third Met Gala look was designed by fashion retailer H&M

Nicki Minaj at the 2017 Met Gala.
Nicki Minaj at the 2017 Met Gala.Neilson Barnard/Getty Images

The "Pink Friday 2" rapper arrived at her third Met Gala wearing a black and red outfit. That year's theme was "Rei Kawakubo/Comme des Garçons: Art of the In-Between."

Vogue reported that Minaj's ensemble — designed in collaboration with H&M — included a duchess satin kimono top, an obi belt with designer Rei Kawakubo's face, and intricate details like a strip of red Swarovski crystals.

May 2018: Oscar de la Renta designed Minaj's gown for that year's Met Gala

Nicki Minaj attends the Met Gala 2018
Nicki Minaj attends the 2018 Met Gala.Jamie McCarthy/Getty Images

Minaj wore another black and red ensemble to the Met Gala in 2018 when the theme was "Heavenly Bodies: Fashion and the Catholic Imagination."

She arrived in an ombré Oscar de la Renta gown with black fabric at the top that gradually turned a bold red. She topped the gown with a matching robe featuring a long train and a detailed headpiece.

May 2019: Prabal Gurung designed Minaj's ensemble for her fifth Met Gala

Nicki Minaj at the Met Gala in 2019.
Nicki Minaj at the Met Gala in 2019.Karwai Tang/Getty Images

Minaj attended the 2019 Met Gala — with the "Camp: Notes on Fashion" theme — in an all-pink halter minidress designed by Prabal Gurung. It included a plunging sweetheart neckline, an extravagant train, and silver jewels strung across the fabric.

During a red carpet interview with Entertainment Tonight that May, Minaj admitted that she didn't understand the event's "camp" theme.

"Up until today, I had no idea what 'camp' was," she told the outlet. "So, I don't even know if this is camp, to be honest."

May 2022: For her most recent Met Gala, Minaj arrived in a gown designed by Burberry

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Nicki Minaj attends the 2022 Met Gala.Kevin Mazur/MG22/Getty Images for The Met Museum/Vogue

The COVID-19 pandemic prompted Met Gala organizers to cancel the event in 2020, and Minaj didn't attend the 2021 ceremony due to vaccine protocols. However, she returned to the Met Gala red carpet in 2022 wearing a dramatic black gown by Burberry.

Harper's Bazaar reported that the all-black ensemble featured a strapless leather jumpsuit adorned with a large belt buckle and a long feathered train. Minaj's outfit was paired with a matching black cap, and she accessorized with black jewels across her skin.

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