One thing that has been consistent about Nicki Minaj since she dropped her fashion gimmicks and crazy hair styles is her real self. Not only in the way she dresses, but with truths in her personal life as well as future goals. The bootylicious bombshell covers Billboard's latest issue, and in her sit down, she opens up about a plethora of topics including her new album, Beyoncé and her sex life.
Minaj's forthcoming third studio album, The Pinkprint, is slated to arrive on December 15, and she insists, "My album is going to be important to hip-hop."
She adds: "It's corny when rappers feel like they've made it and they don't have to prove themselves anymore. You should always be competing. You should always be trying to show that you're the best."
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Admires Beyonce’s Work Ethic
As combative as she can be, Minaj gives credit where she thinks it is due. Beyoncé, who called on Minaj for a guest turn on the toughened-up remix of "Flawless," wins points for her perseverance: "There's something about her work ethic that always made me feel like no matter how hard stuff gets, I'm not allowed to complain," says Minaj. "Some women give me the feeling that where there's a will, there's a way."
Reps The Big Booty Women
As for her own work, she's quick to address criticisms of the "Anaconda" video, including that it objectifies women with big butts and puts down women with small ones.
"I went overboard with the video to show that I'm not going to hide. And those big-booty dancers I have, they're not going to hide. Black girls should feel sexy, powerful and important too."
What She Would Do on Her Downtime
Will Pursue More Acting Jobs, But Was Nervous in The Other Woman
Minaj is also further diversifying in the entertainment world. Earlier this year, she took her first live-action movie role, playing the sassy assistant to Cameron Diaz's lawyer in The Other Woman. Acting opposite Diaz made her "nervous," but Diaz encouraged her: "She kept speaking to me," recalls Minaj, "telling me that I was making the right choices as the character."
Always Wanted Her Own Fragrance
"I was just a little kid in Southside Jamaica, Queens, hoping one day I would have my own perfume," she says. "And now I have three."
Happy About Doing American Idol
"Thank God I did that show. At least I was able to show my true self, speak and have a mind."
Extremely Involved With Her Career
"People don't know how heavily involved I am in my own career," she says in a no-nonsense tone. "I'm on 15 to 25 conference calls every few days strategizing with my team. I think a lot of artists sit back and have it done for them. Sometimes as women in the industry — if you're sexy or like doing sexy things — some people subconsciously negate your brain. They think you're stupid."
Doesn't Take No For an Answer
"My mother always had this attitude that she didn't take no for an answer," reflects Minaj. "So I guess that carried on to me."