Nicki Minaj Covers ‘Teen Vogue,’ Says Music Biz Is High School


Nicki doesn’t do child’s play in neither her relationships nor her music career. “People treat this business like it’s high school,” she tells Teen Vogue. “It can absolutely feel like one big popularity contest, and you know what? I can’t be bothered. I can’t allow myself to play ridiculous games with grown adults in the industry. I can’t be nice to someone just because they’re hot right now. I can’t do it.”

The American Idol judge covers the popular youth mag in a cotton candy-colored dress, a far cry from her recent make-under for ELLE. And although the reported mean girl to Mariah Carey on the music competition reality show, Miss Minaj recalls her own experiences with not-so-nice kids for the glossy.

“Every time my parents fought, my mother would have us move and I would have to go to a new school, which meant I’d have to face the task of making new friends. I dreaded it. I had butterflies in my stomach each time: Are people going to like or hate me? … Sometimes there’d be a fight, sometimes not. I let people know I wasn’t going to be pushed around.”

Nowadays, the Twitter enthusiast combats negativity by simply dismissing or ignoring it. “I used to read the bad things people said about me,” Minaj says. “Then I asked myself, ‘Why am I reading that when I have millions of people saying great things?’ You cannot give negativity power. I tell teens, if you’re having a problem, there’s nothing wrong with deleting your social media. If people keep taunting you and you keep reading it, it’s poison.”