Nicki Minaj gets “Un-Zipped” on the cover of "Elle" Magazine’s April 2013 issue. She stripped down to the basics and kept it simple for her cover feature. Recently it was rumored that Nicki fired her fashion team so that she could evolve with a more sophisticated look.
In the issue of the magazine the American Idol judge gives advice to wmen on how to command respect, her world domination and being bullied in school. Check out some highlights from the magazine.
On her make-under for Elle‘s shoot: “When I saw myself with barely any makeup at, it was such a… like, I’m so, so attached to my pink lipstick, it’s hard. I feel that it’s become a part of me. To go in front of the camera, without pink lips or big ol’ crazy lashes- you know, nothing – I felt naked. It was scary! So this photo shoot was a real accomplishment in my eyes.”
On advice to women on how to command respect: “My advice to women in general: Even if you’re doing a nine-to-five job, treat yourself like a boss. Not arrogant, but be sure of what you want- and don’t allow people to run anything for you without your knowledge. You want everyone to know, Okay, I can’t play games with her. I have to do right by this woman. That’s what it’s all about.”
On world domination: “My goal in the beginning was to buy my mother a house. Now I realize, Okay, if I really focus and become a key player in business, then I can build an empire. I’m thinking of a legacy that I can be proud of and wealth that my grandchildren can use to go to college So world domination- in terms of providing for my family – is absolutely my goal.”
On experiencing bullying in school as a child: "I went through a lot of bullying early on. Girls made my life a living hell. We had come to America from a different country. My brother and I had accents. It was very tough. So I've always put up this wall— it was a self-defense mechanism growing up— because I was almost expecting people to attack me. And I still have it. It's sad."
Read the full interview on which hits newsstands on March 18.
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