Nicki Minaj covers the Nov. issue of W magazine

*Nicki Minaj, known as much for her over-the-top outfits as for her music, tops a list of this year’s most popular Halloween outfits based on a celebrity, according to the New York Daily News.

The feat is based on Google searches for costumes. The search engine reports that only the Playboy Bunny, The Black Swan and Angry Birds placed higher. Minaj beat out other popular figures for 2011, including actor Charlie Sheen and the comic book character Captain America. In a YouTube tutorial with over 300,000 hits, one individual shares makeup tips and advice on how to pick the best wig to match Nicki’s inimitable pink style. In another video, one costume expert explains the best way to emulate Minaj’s signature derriere, saying, “What’s the secret? Diapers. Just stuff ’em in there and use like five. You can make it as big or as small as you want. … I think that’s going to be my favorite part … just having a big ass for Halloween.” In other Minaj news, the rapper/singer is featured on the November cover of fashion magazine W, as well as a photo spread inside. Shot by photographer/artist Francesco Vezzoli and styled by Edward Enninful, the pics show Minaj as women of the 18th century. In the cover photo, directed by Pasquale Abbattista, Nicki sports a Dior Haute Couture’s silk chiffon embroidered dress; Mastoloni 18k white gold, cultured pearl, and diamond bracelets (worn on both wrists). View Minaj’s entire photo shoot below.