GLAM SHOTS: Nicki Minaj Covers Marie Claire’s Women’s Power Issue
Nicki Minaj may not be releasing a new album right now, but that doesn’t stop the pop rapper and singer from appearing on the cover of magazines. Nicki covers Marie Claire‘s November 2016 issue, which is set to hit newsstands on Tuesday, October 18, 2016.
Serving as the Power Issue: 50 Women Killing It Right Now, Nicki’s cover story, Nicki Minaj Is Here To Slay, finds her speaking about competing with male rappers, working with Beyonce, double standards of women of color in the media and much more.
She also poses for a gorgeous photospread with photographer Kai Z Feng. Take a look at a few of the excerpts below, followed by some of her gorgeous photos:
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 double standard that exists for women of color in the media: “When Kim Kardashian’s naked picture came out, [Sharon Osbourne] praised it, and my fans attacked her for being such a hypocrite. 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.”
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.”
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.”