‘Black Madam’ says clients were a ‘walking billboard’

 Amber Rose (left) and Nicki Minaj (Photo by Arnold Turner/Invision/AP and Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP, File)

Amber Rose (left) and Nicki Minaj (Photo by Arnold Turner/Invision/AP and Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP, File)

At times, Assistant District Attorney Carlos Vega circled like a shark as he worked to paint a vivid picture of Padge Victoria Windslowe’s business life before she was arrested for murder and put on trial.

For more than three hours on Friday, Windslowe freely provided details about the dizzying variety of ventures — cosmetic and otherwise — that she launched over the years.

There was the escort service, the skin lightening business, the record label and the video promotion outfit.

And, of course, there were the butt injections.

Windslowe, the so-called “Michelangelo” of buttocks injections, boasted that she was “the best.” So good, she said, that even celebrities paid to have her inject liquid silicone into their rear-ends.

Among them, model Amber Rose.

“Amber was like a walking billboard,” said Windslowe, also known as “Black Madam.”

The name-dropping didn’t stop there. There were references to Kanye West, Chris Brown and Nicki Minaj.

For over nearly two decades, Windslowe, who has no professional medical training, said she injected “thousands.” To her knowledge, no one ever had serious health complications, let alone died.

British break-dancer Claudia Aderotimi was a different story. Without question, Windslowe knew about that.

In Feb. 2011, the 20-year-old died hours after the silicone Windslowe injected into her butt migrated into her lungs and brain via the bloodstream, according to testimony.

On Friday, Windslowe said she had a “nervous breakdown” after Aderotimi’s death and stopped doing butt injections for a few months.

She would, however, pick up the needle again.

That’s when Sherkeeia King went to the hospital and nearly died. The 23-year-old exotic dancer fell ill after attending a so-called “pumping party” in East Germantown.

Windslowe is charged with third-degree murder, involuntary manslaughter, aggravated assault and unauthorized practice of medicine.

If convicted, she could between 44 and 88 years behind bars.

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