Nicki Minaj is no stranger to saying exactly what’s on her mind, and her interview in the upcoming issue of Marie Claire is definitely no different.
In the new cover story for Marie Claire Magazine, Minaj expresses her disappointment with racial double standards and sexism in the industry.
“When Kim Kardashian’s naked picture came out, [Sharon Osbourne] praised it, and my fans attacked her for being such a hypocrite,” Nicki said. “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.”
The YMCMB queen also discussed her feelings regarding biasedness from Black men towards Black women, calling out Kanye West for his lyrics in the 2005 hit “Gold Digger” and using them as an example in her statement.
“I’m so tired of black women feeling that when our men get rich, they’re going to leave them for a woman of a different race,” Minaj continued. “It wasn’t funny when Kanye said [on ‘Gold Digger’], ‘When he get on, he’ll leave your ass for a white girl’ – and Kanye happens to be with a white girl now. It wasn’t funny when he said it; it was the fucking truth.”
The “Feeling Myself rapper” also touched on how her career moves are modeled closely after the career of Jay Z.
“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.”
Minaj also had a piece of advice for the young ladies out there, telling them to not use her life as the goal for their life, but instead the inspiration.
“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.”