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Minaj blanks on $11,000 dress

Published 25/08/2015

Nicki Minaj with her mother Carol
Nicki Minaj with her mother Carol

The wedding venue where Nicki Minaj’s brother hosted his nuptials last weekend is struggling to return an expensive Emilio Pucci gown to her.

The 32-year-old helped plan and also fully paid for her older sibling Jelani Maraj’s $30,000 nuptial ceremony, which took place last Saturday at the Coral House on Milburn Lake in Baldwin, New York.

But after Jelani exchanged vows with his wife Jacqueline Robinson, Page Six reports Nicki left the venue without her shimmery, golden floor length gown designed by Emilio Pucci in tow. The stunning dress features immaculate beadwork and the tag was still on the piece when owners discovered the garment.

The owner of the venue Butch Yamali claims the dress is being well cared for by staff on the premises, but they will only hand over the gown under certain conditions.

“I’ve had a few calls from people trying to claim the dress,” Butch shared. “But the gown is so valuable, I only want to give it directly back to Nicki or someone from her family.”

Apparently Nicki’s stylist Rushka Bergman called the venue on Monday afternoon in an extremely frantic state.

Vogue Italia veteran Rushka, who styled Michael Jackson before his death, supposedly lost her mind with frustration and was “screaming on the phone” demanding staff “keep the dress locked up until she could send someone pick it up”.

Besides leaving the expensive gown behind, it seems the rest of the wedding went on without a hitch.

Nicki opted to don a plunging red dress to the nuptials, so as not to take attention away from the bride.

“Nicki couldn’t have been sweeter, she . . . looked really happy for her brother, and she didn’t perform or take the spotlight during the reception,” an insider shared. “She seemed to be making a point not to upstage the bride, saying it was her big day.”

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