Cardi B lands Harper's Bazaar cover after Nicki Minaj fight. It looks like Cardi B is still fashion's most unlikely hero. The rapper, 25, has landed her first Harper's Bazaar cover just five months after causing an epic scene at the magazine's Icons party back in September. Cardi B went head to head with Nicki Minaj at the black-tie fte, even throwing a shoe at her rap rival. She was escorted out by police, and at the time, it seemed as if both would be blacklisted by the publication (and perhaps fashion week) indefinitely. However, that's clearly not the case: Both rappers have been invited to sit front row at multiple runway shows since, and now, Cardi B is a Bazaar cover girl. While reporter Vanessa Grigoriadis didn't question the rapper about the incident, she seemed to side with Cardi in her story. "Who hasn't been there? We've all been mad as hell," Grigoriadis wrote. The magazine may have even managed to reference the buzzy scuffle in Cardi's fairy tale-themed photoshoot, dressing the musician in a red tulle Vera Wang gown with a lost Jimmy Choo heel visible in the distance -- a nod, perhaps, to the scarlet Dolce & Gabbana dress Cardi wore to the Icons event, and to the shoe she left behind. In the interview, the "Bodak Yellow" hitmaker discussed her surreal and rapid rise to superstardom. "I feel like my life is a fairy tale and I'm a princess -- rags to riches, people trying to sabotage," she said. It's a sentiment that she's repeated in the past, both in reference to Minaj and to the strip club brawl that recently landed her in court. Cardi's stylist Kollin Carter, who dressed her for the shoot, summed up the irony of the Bronx rapper gracing the cover of the same magazine that many thought she would be banned from permanently: "And to think, they said we'd never get invited to another Harper's event, here we are on the cover," he wrote on Instagram. As usual, Cardi B is getting the last laugh. (PageSix)

Gucci "Deeply Apologizes" and Pulls Sweater Resembling Blackface. Customers do not like Gucci's latest look. On Wednesday, the luxury brand issued a public apology for its balaclava black sweater after it sparked backlash online for resembling blackface. Online, the $890 sweater was shown with the collar pulled up over the model's nose and an opening with a red border outlining the mouth. Many pointed out not only the design, but also the timing of the sale. "Balaclava knit top by Gucci," one critic tweeted. "Happy Black History Month y'all." "@gucci ah yes, black face but make it fashion huh?" another wrote online. "Gucci deeply apologizes for the offense caused by the wool balaclava jumper," the company tweeted. "We consider diversity to be a fundamental value to be fully upheld, respected, and at the forefront of every decision we make." "We can confirm that the item has been immediately removed from our online store and all physical stores," they confirmed in a longer statement. "We are fully committed to increasing diversity throughout our organization and turning this incident into a powerful learning moment for the Gucci team and beyond." It is a prominent time for public conversation about blackface, particularly as Virginia government officials remain under fire for wearing blackface in the past. (Eonline)

The FBI is working with folks on the "Empire" set to track down the person who sent Jussie Smollett a hateful, threatening letter just days before the attack, and they're also on high alert to prevent dangerous mail and other items from making their way to the cast. Sources on set tell us a private security company was hired by the show and met with FBI agents to establish a protocol for inspecting all incoming mail. We're told the team wears gloves so the evidence in question is not contaminated. The security team has 2 functions ... to flag threatening, incoming mail and alert the FBI, and to possibly link new items to the letter Jussie already received, containing homophobic and racists epithets along with an image of a noose. Our sources say the security team has already flagged "hate mail," but we're told that it's nothing new. The show has been targeted by racists and homophobes in the past, but now everyone is on high alert and the FBI is screening all of it. We're told there are also daily security sweeps on the "Empire" set. Our sources say guards are looking for anything or anyone who might be out of place. Production hired two additional makeup artists over the weekend to assist Jussie and make sure his cuts and bruises from the Chicago attack are well-hidden. As we reported -- Jussie returned to Chicago Sunday after his show in L.A. -- and cops want to talk with him again as a part of their ongoing investigation. (TMZ)

Why Kim Kardashian and Kanye West Backed Out of Buying Their $14 Million Miami Condo. Kim Kardashian and Kanye West are on the hunt for new digs in Miami. In December, the Yeezy designer surprised his wife with a $14 million condo in Miami Beach. The Faena House building is 18 floors with wrap-around balconies and features a gym, pool, spa and more. According to TMZ, Ye purchased the family a 4 bed, 5 1/2 bath unit in Faena, which is apparently nicknamed the "Billionaire Beach Bunker." An insider told E! News at the time, "Kanye completely surprised her for Christmas with the gift. Kim and Kanye did not view the condo together and they have not been looking. She has also never seen the condo." The "Stronger" rapper apparently sought it out when they were in town for Art Basel. E! News has learned, however, that Kim and Kanye have backed out of the purchase. Photos showed the married couple embracing at the apartment when the KKW Beauty owner saw it for the first time, which dissuaded them from going through with it. A source close to the couple gave E! News some insight as to why they won't be moving into Faena House anytime soon. "Kanye took Kim to Miami to view the property after Christmas -- and she loved it," the source said. "However, once photos of them together on the balcony were released by the paparazzi on her first visit, Kim felt that the condo did not offer enough privacy for their family." The insider added, "They are now looking for a vacation home that is much more private." The Kardashian-West family spends a decent chunk of time in the 305 and it seems to hold a special place in her sisters' hearts as well. For starters, there was Kourtney & Kim Take Miami and their DASH stores in the city. Additionally, Kim and Kanye had a weekend full of fun and neon outfits when they were in the city over the summer for their friend 2 Chainz and Kesha Ward's wedding. The 38-year-old had a ton of fun in the sun in her silver metallic bikini, too, with her close friend Larsa Pippen. Miami clearly brings out the best and brightest of Kim's wardrobe choices. No matter the location of their new home, there will most definitely be extra room for their fourth baby. On Jan. 2, E! News learned that the couple was expecting another child -- a baby boy -- via surrogate. "Kim and Kanye have known for a while and are very excited. They had one male embryo left and are thrilled it has worked out. Kim always wanted four kids and having two boys and two girls feels perfect," another source told us at the time. Despite staying mum for a few weeks, the Keeping Up With the Kardashians star officially confirmed the news herself on an episode of Watch What Happens Live With Andy Cohen alongside her sisters Kourtney Kardashian and Khloe Kardashian. Coincidentally, Andy Cohen just welcomed his first child via surrogate, too! She told the TV host that "we are" expecting another baby and the good news all came out at her massive holiday bash. "I got drunk at our Christmas Eve party and I told some people. I can't remember who I told because I never get drunk," she said. Kim and Kanye can't wait for their adorable group of kids North West, Saint West and West to have another sibling. According to our source, the parents are "so grateful to have one more baby." (Eonline)

A former Vogue model, who spent her days starring in high-profile campaigns, partying with Hollywood's biggest stars, and making millions of dollars, is now living on the streets. Nastasia Urbano seemingly had it all: beauty, fame, riches -- but that all came crashing down when her marriage failed she says, forcing her to now sleep in Spanish bank foyers, according to el Peridico. In her prime, as a top model in the 1980s, Urbano had it made. She modeled for high-profile brands including Revlon and Yves Saint Laurent as the face of their iconic Opium perfume, the local outlet reports. "I did all the magazines, I was loved by everybody. I was given a million dollars a year for only 20 days of work, for three or four years," Urbano, 57, told the Spanish publication. "I was having dinner one day with Jack Nicholson, the following day with Andy Warhol or even Roman Polanski or Harrison Ford," she continued. "I was in parties with Melanie Griffith, Don Johnson, and Simon and Garfunkel." At one point in 1985, she was even planning to attend Madonna and Sean Penn's wedding. "David Keith was invited and I was dating him at that time but that day, we got up with a hangover and couldn't get up," she recalled to el Peridico. "I had everything, I was living like a queen." Urbano, who claimed she was the "first girl to sign a multimillion-dollar contract to advertise clothes," now says all that money is gone. "Money has never been my goal in life and when I've had it, I've been generous," she told el Peridico. Urbano, who is a mother of two adult children, told the outlet that she now struggles with depression. "I want my children to see me well, I want to recover as a person to be okay, so they can be proud of me," she said. "They are adults and they have their lives and they do what they can for me, but I try not to disturb them." Friends have also tried to help by offering her a place to stay from time to time, but the one-time cover girl says she does not like to be a burden. "I'm tired of surviving and asking for money," she told el Peridico. "The people around me move away, they all leave, and I'm not surprised." "Now I'm [staying] at the house of a friend, Toni, who is an angel," she continued. "But I cannot settle there, it's always for a while. In a few days, when I leave that house... I'll be with my cart, my four things and [wonder] where I'm going to sleep... I want to live, not survive." (People)

Body-positive activist Tess Holliday was smizing, pouting and really working it for the cameras at plus-size e-tailer 11 Honore's first-ever NYFW show on Wednesday. "I have to turn it on, either that or I'll nervous-vomit everywhere," the tattooed plus-sized model -- clad in a Mara Hoffman dress and Sally LaPointe coat from the site -- told The Post from her front-row seat. "It's all fake!" What's not fake is her enthusiasm for posing naked. "It's really liberating to do nude shoots because I can only imagine what it's like for women or young folks when they're scrolling through Instagram and they see a body that looks like mine, and they realize that I look like them," said Holliday, 33, who launched the hashtag campaign #effyourbeautystandards. "For me, it's not sexual, it's just me existing and being able to say, 'Fuck you, I belong.' Things are changing and it's nice for me to be able to say, this is my body, I love it. Look, If I could be naked right now, I 100 percent would." The inclusive e-commerce site, which is partnering with Shopify on a pop-up shop Feb. 7 to 14 at 157 Hudson St., sent out a parade of glam wares from designer labels like Adam Lippes, Altuzarra and Monique Lhuillier. LGBT advocate and "Orange is the New Black" actress Laverne Cox closed the show by twirling down the runway in a frothy tulle confection. (Page Six)

It's happening!!! Lamar Odom is finally getting his shot to join Ice Cube's BIG3 league. The troubled ex-NBA star has been campaigning for about 2 years to make his U.S. hoops comeback with the rap legend's 3-on-3 league ... and now, LO is getting his shot by entering the 2019 draft pool. "He's worked hard and we're thrilled to see him return to US professional basketball at the #BIG3Season3 combine," the league said Thursday. We spoke with Cube back in December about Odom's chances ... and he said he'd LOVE to see the NBA champ be a part of the BIG3, but was adamant he wouldn't get any special treatment. Odom most recently played overseas for the Mighty Sports Philippines and has been training like crazy to get back on the court with his NBA bros ... and now we'll find out if it pays off when the BIG3 draft comes around in April. (TMZ)

When Anderson Silva steps into the Octagon to fight Israel Adesanya this weekend ... it could be the end of his legendary career if he gets knocked out ... so says Dana White. The two UFC stars are facing off at UFC 234 in Australia on Saturday -- and with Silva about to turn 44 years old, we asked White if a violent loss would essentially mark the end for the Spider. "I don't know. I would probably imagine [it would be the end]," White said ... noting, "But, who knows with this guy." White explained that Silva is such a fierce competitor and fitness-aholic, that it's possible he would take another fight ... but either way, he's a lock for the UFC Hall of Fame. Silva has been suspended for testing positive for PEDs in his career, but White says despite his mistakes, the guy is one of the best fighters in MMA history ... and deserves to be enshrined. The twist ... if Silva BEATS Adesanya, White says he'll likely get a shot at the middleweight title. Of course, the man who holds that belt is Robert Whittaker -- who's fighting Kelvin Gastelum in the main event at UFC 234. So, winner gets winner. (TMZ)

Bill O'Reilly writing book about who Donald Trump really is. Last Friday, Bill O'Reilly spent two hours on Air Force One. Flying to Palm Beach, Fla. Also, aboard, the most powerful passenger in the world -- President Trump. O'Reilly: "He's my next book. I started four months ago, working with two of the absolute best researchers. Now I have to start editing it. "He's never given such an interview before. Nobody ever asked these particular questions. He didn't get angry, but at one point he was annoyed and almost hit me on the head. He called Melania to help pull me off. "Publisher's Holt. It's a big history book on the man. Not on security, economy and politics -- which is what he really wanted to talk about. This is on him. Alone. The man. The human being. What he believes. His history. Background. Family. School. Friends. Thoughts. Growing up. "It's not another of my 'Killing' books. I've had 15 No. 1 best sellers. Nobody's ever done that. This is him. Just him. Starting all the way back. It has no agenda. Not pro, not anti, it's just fact-based. We don't really know the man. It's a first-time book on just exactly what formed him." So, all of which means just exactly what? "Look, the truth is, we know what he's done in business, what he's accomplished. But we don't know him. "Community organizer Obama grew up in the system and depended on them because that's who made him. This guy's different. Nobody knows what he believes. He's changed party affiliates four times. Has he any core beliefs? What formed him? I want to hear about when he was 12. His military academy years. "Nobody ever asked him such questions. "I want him to tell me about his family, grandparents, brothers, sisters, companions in real estate. We know what he's done in business -- but we don't know him!" So, when's it to be published? "We'll finish it as quickly as possible. Should be out in May (2020). In time for the election." (PageSix)

Ken Griffin's 'friends' don't seem happy about reports on his real estate spending. Billionaire Ken Griffin seems to be really upset with Page Six for tallying up all the money he's spent on real estate since his divorce, more than $700 million in the past few years. In late January, when the Citadel founder closed on the most expensive property in the US -- a four-floor New York penthouse worth $240 million, that Page Six first exclusively reported he was buying in 2015 -- we listed all of his other over-the-top property purchases, including a $280 million under-construction Palm Beach, Fla., property with a house larger than a football field, a $122 million flat in London and a $60 million apartment in Chicago. This set off Camp Griffin, with "friends" warning us not to report further on his real estate portfolio. One lackey even huffed via email of our Griffin coverage, "It's a bad look for The Post and would really appreciate if you would consider taking it down." (We refused.) Official reps for Griffin insisted nobody is upset. The billionaire hopes to retire one day in his football field-sized spread. (PageSix)


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