Nicki Minaj and Safaree Samuels at the Hervé Léger fashion show (Astrid Stawiarz/Getty Images)
When she stepped on the runway to head to her front row seat at the Hervé Léger fashion show, Nicki Minaj looked stunning … and completely terrified.
After whispers of her attendance had already reached a fever pitch at the tents at Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week in Lincoln Center on Saturday afternoon, the crowd was ecstatic to see her. And so was an unusually large scrum of photographers and reporters.
Thankfully, the seemingly tough "Super Bass" musician had her support system with her.
We watched as Nicki turned to longtime boyfriend (and personal assistant) Safaree Samuels with a nervous look on her face every few seconds as they slowly attempted to make their way to their seats. Samuels appeared to be holding her hand for and helping her out with adoring looks as her two burly security guards shouted and shoved to help the pair sit so that the show could get underway.
Minaj looking less than pleased (Astrid Stawiarz/Getty Images)
"Her crew was acting as if they were members of the Secret Service and there was a credible threat to the president ... and that president was Nicki Minaj," New York Magazine's Fug Girls wrote. "They yelled at reporters to get out of their faces, manhandled those in their wake, and seemingly came close to decking a member of the press corps who tried to snap a front row photo of Nicki."
Once the couple was seated, Nicki still didn't crack a smile.
During the show itself, the 30-year-old star (and her men) seemed to relax a bit, taking in the latest collection of sexy bandage dresses and bathing suits from designer Max Azria. Samuels continuously whispered into her ear as they both snapped photos.
Backstage, things seemed a bit lighter, as the former "American Idol" judge hugged and kissed the designer.
In the end, it seems she still had a great time, as she posted a photo of herself – smiling! – with Azria on Instagram alongside the caption, "Loved the show Max!!!"
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