Nicki Minaj's style inspiration is cartoon character Marge Simpson.

The eccentric rapper has recently been seen in a number of gravity-defying beehive wigs, and claims the idea came to her when thinking about the animated matriarch's tall blue hairstyle.

She told People magazine: "Never did I think I would be rocking the Marge Simpson.

"But you know what, now that I am wearing them I realise that she was cutting edge and before her time. So shout out to Marge!"

The 26-year-old star enjoys playing around with fake hair because it means she is always evolving her image and can feel "different".

She said: "My wigs are ever changing in height, width, colour, size. They make me feel happy. Wearing them makes me feel that I can be a different person every day and that is kind of exciting.

"Sometimes I wake up in the morning and I am like, 'This is a high-top day', or, 'This is a bob day,' but when I get my clothes on that's when I see."

The 'Creep' hitmaker also confirms unlike some stars she will happily wear her wigs more than once - providing they are clean.

She said: "Of course I wear them more than once. Wash it and rotate, and it is good as new."