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Nicki Minaj Accuses Designer Giuseppe Zanotti of “Racism and Disrespect”

<> at Giuseppe Zanotti Boutique on September 8, 2011 in New York City.

Italian designer Giuseppe Zanotti currently sells a line of sneakers called “Nicki,” seemingly named after Nicki Minaj, who referenced the designer in her iconic “Monster” verse. In a series of tweets and Instagram posts, Nicki has now accused Zanotti of “racism and disrespect” because she says she “inspired him to design a sneaker in [her] honor,” yet has been denied offers to collaborate officially on a capsule collection. “Don’t care about the money. It’s just the disrespect. You’re not taking MY call? Lol. Give some money to charity in my name or smthn,” she wrote, asking the company to donate to St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital on her behalf; she’d match the donations, too.

Nicki also asked her fans to help make the hashtags #GiuseppeWhatsGood and #RunMeMyCHECK trending topics because “the racism & disrespect won’t b tolerated.” She later said, “Women are always shamed by other when speaking up in the work place. That’s why women cont. to earn less,” comparing the situation to a boss not considering “a deserved pay increase.” See her tweets and Instagram posts below. Pitchfork has reached out to representatives for Nicki Minaj and Giuseppe Zanotti for more information and further comment.

In addition to rapping about Giuseppe, Nicki wore his “Lorenz” shoes in a 2013 music video with Ciara. After publicly announcing her breakup with Meek Mill, the Philadelphia rapper posted a photo of the shoes on his since-deleted Instagram. “If you walk out don’t wear these they wack,” he wrote.

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