Nicki Minaj Talks “High School” Industry, Not Being Pushed Around, and Cyber Bullying

Nicki Minaj looks like she fell straight out of a fairytale movie for her new cover feature on Teen Vogue's June/July issue. Speaking with the mag, a blond Minaj, dressed in funky couture, who spent the last few months giving advice to singers on American Idol, spoke about cyber bullying, not being pushed around, and the industry.

Popularity Contest: "People treat this business like its high school. 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."

Not To Be Messed With: "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."

Ignoring Negativity: "I used to read the bad things people said about me. 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."

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