Rihanna isn’t the only one dropping magazine covers this week. Nicki Minaj, YMCMB’s Head Barbie In Charge graces V Magazine’s December issue to discuss her “Royal Minajesty.” Donning many hats Guess, Jimmy Choo and Versace, the rapstress teeters between ruler and sex kitten as the interview highlights her ownership of her brand, her bars and her buns. Peep some highlights below:
On criticism for her ‘Anaconda’ cover:
“You’re talking about newspeople who don’t even know anything about hip-hop culture. It’s so disrespectful for them to even comment on something they have no idea about. They don’t say anything when they’re watching the Victoria’s Secret show and seeing boobs and thongs all day. Why? Shame on them. Shame on them for commenting on “Anaconda” and not commenting on the rest of the oversexualized business we’re a part of.”
On empowering women:
“I always feel it’s important for me to show females that they can be in charge of their own situation. I came into the game creating my own brand. I was doing things very early on that set me apart from people who just took orders and allowed their brand to be created for them. I love women who take control, who set standards, and who believe in themselves enough to lead the way in terms of their career. I’ve done that. When I win and when I lose.”
On getting risque in her lyrics:
“I always push the envelope, because I’m Nicki Minaj. I have to. No matter who I’m on a song with, I feel like I have to say at least one thing no one else is willing to say. Whether it’s Madonna, Britney, or Beyoncé, they always tell me, ‘Yes. Be Yourself. Talk your shit.’”
The issue is currently available for pre-order. Flip though photos from the shoot, captured by Mario Testino, above.