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By Kathleen Perricone

Nicki Minaj shows off a lot of her “back” for the cover art of her Sir Mix-a-Lot-sampled single, “Anaconda.”

And her inspiration for the racy photo may surprise you!

“In the beginning of my career, I did pictures like that,” the rapper tells On Air with Ryan Seacrest. “And one of the people I’ve looked up to the most was Madonna and she’s never stopped pushing the envelope. She’s never stopped taking risks, and I don’t ever want to stop doing that either.”

“Anaconda” is on iTunes now here!