Nicki Minaj “is here to slay.” Not only as she does with this Marie Claire cover, but with the boss moves she makes while adding to her empire. The Young Money star rocks a chic updo while glaring into the camera, as she fronts the publication’s November 2016 issue.
Inside, she talks giving young women advice on having goals of becoming an “entrepreneur, a rich woman, a career-driven woman,” instead of aiming to marry into money – and addresses the nudity double standard that exists for black women, calling it “quite pathetic and sad.”
She also mentions how Jay Z‘s career has influenced her, and how her collaborations with Beyoncé inspire women: “I just love that feeling,” she explained.
Read highlights from Nicki’s interview below, to also catch what she shared about how violence in the country affects the black women mourning the loss of their husbands or boyfriends.
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 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 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 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.
Catch Nicki’s full interview and see more photographs in the Marie Claire’s November issue – on newsstands October 18th, plus get peek at a little of her behind-the-scenes action from her cover shoot here: