Nicki Minaj Speaks On The Double Standard That Exists For Women Of Color In The Media In Marie Claire’s November 2016 Issue
Female rapper Nicki Minaj has come a long way from Southside Jamaica Queens, New York. The multi-platinum rapper turned business mogul has a new album and TV series inspired by her life in the works. The highest paid woman in Hip-Hop is now covering Marie Claire’s November 2016 issue. Kai Z Feng lensed the shoot.
The Trinidadian rapper, who migrated to the states at an early age spoke about young women’s goals, completing with male rappers, the double standard that exists for women of color in the media, violence in our country, collaborating with Beyoncé and more in this issue.
Below are some excerpts:
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 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 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.”