Paper's Mickey Boardman Says Working with Nicki Minaj was 'Two Weeks of Hideous Torture'

And here's yet another reason Mickey Boardman is one of our favorite people. Paper magazine's outspoken and hilarious Editorial Director talked to Buzzfeed about his career path, and had some choice words about working with certain celebs.
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And here's yet another reason Mickey Boardman is one of our favorite people. Paper magazine's outspoken and hilarious Editorial Director talked to Buzzfeed about his career path, and had some choice words about working with certain celebs.
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And here's yet another reason Mickey Boardman is one of our favorite people.

Paper magazine's outspoken and hilarious Editorial Director talked to Buzzfeed about his career path, and had some choice words about working with certain celebs.

Of the mag's second cover shoot with Nicki Minaj, Boardman says, "Nicki Minaj was not fun... It was two weeks of hideous torture and [her] walking off shoots." Apparently the rapper locked herself in a room with her hair and makeup team, made them put all her hair and makeup on, then made them take it all off--all the while refusing to speak to anyone from Paper. After a few photos, she decided she hated them and rescheduled the shoot multiple times.

Minaj also made Boardman download AOL Instant Messenger in order to talk to her--and then promptly hung-up on him. Understandably, he says, "It was a super headache."

Surely no one is delusional enough to imagine working with Nicki Minaj would be a walk in the park, but Ben Stiller seems like he'd be pretty low-maintenance, right? Wrong. Alter-ego Zoolander must have taken over for Stiller that day. Not only did the comedian cancel his shoot at the eleventh hour and reschedule on equally short notice, but he also has a middle school way of speaking to people who are right in front of him:

I was scrambling for a studio and I found one — it was basically somebody’s apartment that had a studio in it. And he was just not having it. At one point he said to his publicist, “Can you call Mickey and say the air conditioning’s not cold enough?” And I’m like, “I heard him because he was standing right next to me.”

Almost just as shocking, though, is Boardman's list of celebs who were "super-easy and fabulous" to work with: Lindsay Lohan was five minutes early (though that was in 2008). Prince offered to "drive around the block for half an hour" when the studio wasn't ready for his shoot. And Mariah Carey didn't want to drink out of a diva-style golden goblet--however, "all she wanted to do was be on all fours with the boobs out and the butt out," Boardman says.

Juicy celebrity dish aside, the story of Boardman's rise to the top of Paper is pretty interesting and definitely worth a read.