Nicki Minaj has revealed that she is saddened by the fact that many young women are selling their bodies for sex and has urged them to wake up and see just how degrading sex work is.
Where she shared her wise words? ‘Elle’.
The ‘Queen’s thoughts and feelings below…
Becoming single was one of the things that made me feel strong and powerful. The fact that I am a young woman who doesn’t need a man for money. I don’t need a man for a job. I’ve never had to fuck for beats. I’ve never had to sleep with anyone for a record deal. I don’t have those pressures. I get up when I want, shop when I want.
Minaj, whose new album ‘Queen’ impacts stores on August 10th, revealed that the project is to address the beauty of “keeping your legs closed” and why she feels she may have normalised hyper-sexuality on the internet.
She says she will never apologize for her persona—“I love being sexy; I’m never gonna stop being an exhibitionist”—but it, too, has had consequences she didn’t anticipate.
One of her messages on the new album, she says, is “it being okay to keep your legs closed.” She’s speaking slower than usual, as if she’s searching for the way to preach self-respect without sounding like she’s slut-shaming. “I don’t really know how to say that without being offensive.”
She tries anyway. “Maybe I was naïve, but I didn’t realize how many girls were modern-day prostitutes,” she begins. “Whether you’re a stripper, or whether you’re an Instagram girl—these girls are so beautiful and they have so much to offer. But I started finding out that you give them a couple thousand dollars, and you can have sex with them. I was like, Yikes. It’s just sad that they don’t know their worth. It makes me sad as a woman. And it makes me sad that maybe I’ve contributed to that in some way.”
Are you reckoning with that now more than you have in the past?
“I’ve always felt like it. But in a lot of ways, I don’t know if I’m doing the same thing they’re doing, because I’m selling. So I can’t look down on these girls. I may not be having sex with people, but I’m still selling sex appeal.”
Well, sex and sex appeal aren’t the same thing.
“That’s true. But I just don’t know if girls who look up to me think that when I’m posting a sexy picture. I’m actually the antithesis of all of that. I’m more of, like, the snobby girl, like the ‘Uh, what’ type of girl. And I want girls to be like that. I’d rather you be called snobby or a bitch or conceited—I’d rather you be called that than easy, and a ho, and a slut.”