Nicki Minaj launches sneaker collection

Nicki Minaj has announced the launch of her first sneaker collection.

The rapper took to Instagram on Friday 12 April to announce the launch, sharing pics of the collection captioned simply: “LØCI sneaker collection available now.”

Minaj has teamed up with Loci, a sustainable sneaker and clothing brand, to release the collection consisting of 11 designs. Her signature pink features heavily, but there are also other colourways, including blue, red and white.

The Nicki Minaj x Loci collection “epitomises Nicki’s bold and vibrant style”, according to a statement on the brand’s website.

Available in men’s and women’s sizes, it blends “high-fashion chic” with a street style aesthetic.

The sneakers are made from non-food grade corn and other recycled materials.

Prices range from $185 to $200 (£149 to £160) and each shoe features a Nicki Minaj stamp on the tongue.

The various designs are inspired by Minaj’s debut studio album Pink Friday, and her latest release, Pink Friday 2.

The 12-time Grammy-nominated musician first teased her sneaker collaboration in late March.

Alongside a clip shared to her Instagram page, she wrote that designing her own line was “an absolute dream come true”.

Minaj recently made history by hitting the milestone of highest-grossing tour by a female rapper of all time, with her Pink Friday 2 tour.

The tour has officially grossed a record-setting $34.9 million (£28 million) from fewer than 20 shows.