WIG BUSINESS: In addition to her music and unique fashion sense, Nicki Minaj is also known for her assortment of Japanese anime-inspired wigs, most notably ones with colorful tresses cut in a bang that have found their way on to the heads of many young ladies. A Google search for the term â€œNicki Minaj wigsâ€ will pull up multiple websites selling hairpieces inspired by the rap star. Atlanta wig retailer Hair Fictionâ€”who is among the first to design a Nicki Minaj wigâ€”says that the headpiece launched last June and has been their monthly top seller ever since. According to market research by Mintel, the Black hair business generated over $165 million in 2008 and with her pink wig in tow Nicki continues to think big, get cash and make them blink fast.
Anslem Samuel, Senior Producer, has been a culture critic and entertainment journalist for over 10 years. After a four-year stint as Culture Editor at The Source, the New York native became the founding Editor-in-Chief of The Ave, an independent quarterly publication that combined entertainment, social issues and politics. From there, he served as the Senior Editor for XXL magazine for three years before moving up the ranks to Digital Content Director for XXLMag.com. Also heading up an award-winning relationship blog, he now brings his lifestyle expertise to BlackEnterprise.com