As we reported here, Grammy-nominated rapstress Nicki Minaj is showing off an assemblage of her fiercest poses a-front and inside the newest edition of ‘Marie Claire,’ set to hit newsstands October 18th.
While we’ve already given you a peek at the cover for the highly anticipated issue, the mag’s content and quotes are proving themselves to be just as view-worthy as the ‘Va Va Voom’ vixen’s must-see photo spread. Dishing on her love for Beyonce and Jay Z, the ‘Black Lives Matter’ movement and racial inequality, female empowerment, and so much more.
Keen to find out what’s on Onika’s mind? It awaits below and is accompanied by some kick-ass photos from the shoot:
ON FEMALE EMPOWERMENT: “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 JAY Z: “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 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.”
ON RACIAL EQUALITY: “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.”