Nicki Minaj Talks Kim Kardashian Nudes, Jay Z’s Influence And Beyoncé Collaborations For Marie Claire Covers Story
We Broke It Here First! Nicki Minaj is on Marie Claire’s November cover. The female emcee is the face of the magazine’s Power Issue… Inside she opens up on a plethora of topics, including violent deaths in the U.S., her goals, learning from Jay Z, working with Beyoncé and most interesting to us — the double standard when it comes to race and nudity, specifically pointing out the difference in reaction she and Kim Kardashian received to similar poses.
Check out excerpts and photos from the Marie Claire issue below and on the flip!
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.”
Do you agree with Nicki’s comments? We feel like Kim K gets flak too but Nicki may be right about being held to a different standard.
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.”
Welp. What does this say about the men Nicki’s been with thus far?
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.”
We wish this had been more specific — hopefully she goes more in depth in the full article.
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.”
Girl Bosses. We love em.
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.”
At one point it seemed like she had the potential to do even better than he did. Do you think that’s still the case?