Nicki Minaj’s Message To Women: “You Need No Man On This Planet At All, Period”
Nicki Minaj may say her message to women about their goals in life is for the young ladies, but we’d argue women of any age could use the reminder that a man isn’t a necessary precursor to love or financial wealth.
That’s just one of the gems Nicki dropped in her November 2016 Marie Claire cover story with Janet Mock in which she discusses female empowerment, racial bias in the media, and violence in our community with the kind of honesty we wish more celebrities would have when speaking to mainstream media. Check out the highlights:
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 way Black women are treated 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 effect of violence in the community has on Black women
“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 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.”
Nicki also shared the pics from the magazine spread on her Instagram page. Check them out below.