Nicki Minaj Opens Up About Double Standards, Women's Goals, and More in Marie Claire Interview

Nicki Minaj is "the kind of figure to whom, when she speaks, the world tends to lean in and listen," Janet Mock wrote in the introduction of her Marie Claire November cover story. "The fact that she doesn't merely want but demands more for herself is the reason the world knows her name."

And she's right.

Minaj's personality both on and off the stage screams "I'm bold, passionate, and independent."

Even in her interviews, she is unapologetically honest, something Mock points out when she notes that Minaj never asked to go "off record."

For this reason, the conversation between Minaj and Mock touched upon various topical issues. From double standards and women's, goals to competition and collaboration, Minaj brought us into her world.

Here are some of the most eye-opening quotes from the interview:

1. "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."

2. "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?"

3. "We tend to not remember the black women who are mourning these men... The strong women in these inner cities often go unnoticed ... no one really ever puts a hand out to them."

4. "You should be the boss of your own career and the brains behind your life or your decisions or your art."


What @nickiminaj said #NickiforMC Photograph by @kaizfeng for our November issue—tap for fashion credits.

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