Nicki Minaj is Marie Claire’s newest cover girl. Go inside to read what the Young Money femcee had to say about society’s acceptance for white women doing certain things and how black women are dragged for doing the exact same thing….
Nicki Minaj is known for showing off ASSets for the masses as it adds to her rap persona of being the gritty rapper with sex appeal. When Nicki shows some skin, she gets DRAGGED for it. Meanwhile, when celebs like Kim Kardashian West parades around half naked in public and poses nude for magazines and Instagram, somehow it’s accepted and even praised.
Well, the “Anaconda” rapper address society’s double standard when it comes to what white women can do that black women “can’t” do in her cover story for Marie Claire’s November 2016 issue.
"When Kim Kardashian's naked picture came out, [Sharon Osbourne] praised it, and my fans attacked her for being such a hypocrite,” she told the magazine. “So it wasn't trashy and raunchy when a white woman did it, but it was when a black woman did it? It's quite pathetic and sad, but that is my reality, and I've gotten accustomed to just shutting it down."
While we sometimes give Nicki the side eye for her thirst trap pics (because she actually has a talent other than creating a career solely out of booty selfies and sex), she does have a point.
In the cover story, the Pinkprint raptress also talked about what goals she wants young women to make (and they have nothing to do with a man), how she’s following Jay Z’s blueprint from rapper to business owner, collaborating with Beyonce and more.
Below are the highlights:
On young women's goals:"Nowadays, I feel like [young women] see marrying into money—I think that's a big thing now. I don't want that to be a woman's goal in life. I want your goal in life to be to become an entrepreneur, a rich woman, a career-driven woman. You have to be able to know that you need no man on this planet at all, period, and he should feel that, because when a man feels that you need him, he acts differently."
On competing with male rappers:"I don't need to read a book about [business]. I can look at someone's career and just pinpoint the dos and the don'ts, and the one person I've done that with for my entire career was Jay Z. He did such a great job being an authentic street guy and a businessman, and I was like, Why aren't there women doing that, taking the success from rap and channeling it into their empire? I felt like anything he could do, I could do."
On the people living with violence in our country:"We tend to not remember the black women who are mourning these men and who are thinking, Oh, my God, what am I going to tell my child now about where his father is, and the struggle it is for black women to then move on after they lose their husband or their boyfriend ... The strong women in these inner cities often go unnoticed ... no one really ever puts a hand out to them."
On collaborating with Beyoncé:"Every time Bey and I do something together, I see how women are inspired, and it has nothing to do with how we look. It has to do with how we are owning who we are and telling other women you should be the boss of your own career and the brains behind your life or your decisions or your art. I just love that feeling."
You can read Nicki's full interview with the issue hits newsstands October 18th:
In the meantime, peep Nicki behind-the-scenes of the shoot below:
Photos: Kai Z Feng via Marie Claire