Nicki Minaj covers “New York” and “Vibe” magazines where she shared her sentiments of being done with trying to impress the fashion and music world because her repertoire has established her position and therefore no longer need to prove herself.
Just days after Minaj’s blundered Grammy performance, the Young Money member goes on record blatantly about making fashion and music decisions based on the approval of others and—she’s over it.
Last year, pictures were swarming the net showing the outlandishly clad 29-year-old rapper in a leopard animal head hat with leopard spots sprayed-on throughout her hair sitting beside the uber-reserved fashion darling “Vogue” editor-in-chief Ana Wintour. However, the perception viewers got from seeing the two side by side fell flat for the “Moment 4 Life” rapper.
“I’m not impressed to be in that world,” she said in New York magazine. “I’m in my own world. I think sometimes the fashion world isn’t even about clothes anymore; it’s about this ‘in’ crowd, and I’m not into that.”
When Vibe magazine asked Nicki if she felt she had been accepted by the fashion world she said, “Yeah, I realized more recently that even if it’s for a fashion magazine, I’m not gonna change who I am. When I was doing photo shoots last year, I kept on being told, “This is what we want your hair to look like and this is what we want you to look like,” and it really, really stifled my creativity. I’d been getting more and more frustrated for a while.”
After a noted photographer confirmed her thoughts about her personal style indeed is better than how she’s portrayed in stills, Minaj refuses to bite her tongue on what she wants to look like for magazines shots.
“But I’ve made up my mind that when you see a Nicki Minaj magazine cover from now on, it’s really going to reflect me and it’s going to be something that I creatively had a hand in, because I don’t have to do it anymore. I don’t have to do things just to please people. It’s okay to do what I love because what I love, my fans love. And they’re really the only ones that should matter. The fashion world will have to come to Nicki Minaj, as opposed to Nicki Minaj trying to go to the fashion world.”
The “The Right Thru Me” rapper also tells “Vibe” why her debut “Pink Friday” was no fun for her: “I felt like I had something to prove to everyone who said a female rapper could not make an album unless she was talking about her [expletive]. And so I went above and beyond to prove that I could not talk about sex and not talk about my genitalia and still have a successful album. And I proved that. And now my time for proving things to my critics is over. I don’t really need to prove anything to anyone else anymore.”
Did Nicki think it is difficult for her to get her way in the industry as a woman?
“It’s not hard to get your way when it’s your way or the highway. People either follow suit or they’re not around. I don’t really like the sound of that, ‘cause that sounds like a temper tantrum. I’m just very black and white when it comes to my business. There’s really no gray area. I really don’t have a lot of small talk with people I work with. It’s pretty much let’s get the job done. In the beginning, if people didn’t know me they’d probably assume I wasn’t smart or wasn’t business savvy. But once you sit and talk to me, it’s a different story.”
How do you feel about Nicki’s new found attitude? Justified or gibberish?