After years of Notorious BIG rapping about and wearing Versace, Donatella Versace breaks her silence and returns the love about her fashion brand’s biggest fan in a conversation with Nicki Minaj in the December/January issue of Interview Magazine. For FADER’s Icon issue celebrating Biggie, we commissioned the above illustration from Stacey Rozich to communicate their implicit connection. But, here, Donatella confirms that the love was mutual:
I think Biggie was amazing. He came to my shows in Paris many times, and we’d see each other often. He always used to talk so nicely about my family. I think he was so smart, so intelligent. He had such a mind. So I loved what he was doing and how he was giving people a way to know about Versace—I do think he was giving people a way to know about Versace—I do think a lot of people started to know about Versace because of him.