Nicki Minaj is arguably the most successful female rapper of this generation, and hopes other women lead by example.
That being said, Minaj had no problem calling out Sharon Osbourne in a recent interview with Marie Claire magazine. This is not the first time the “Starships” performer has beefed with another woman in Hollywood, most famously confronting Miley Cyrus live on stage at the VMAs.
The recording artist, 33, was particularly unhappy with statements Osbourne made comparing the cover art for “Anaconda” to a “cheap porno”: “When Kim Kardashian’s naked picture came out, [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.”
For Minaj, learning to shut down hate means being a strong woman, a mindset she hopes other women will adopt: “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.”
And it’s all about believing in yourself. Minaj witnessed a lot of what Jay Z did as a successful male rapper and tried to emulate it in her own way — “The Pinkprint” to his “Blueprint”: “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.'”
Nicki’s November issue of Marie Claire drops on October 18.