By Henna Kathiya
For once Nicki Minaj stripped away the crazy wigs, over-the-top outfits and exchanged her signature pink lipstick for nude lips for the cover of April’s edition of ELLE. The “American Idol” judge kept it simple and chic for her cover feature, which hits stands March 26, and finds her opening up about childhood bullying, and telling woman that they should demand respect.
There’s no doubt that Nicki commands respect when she’s in the room (see: her judging on “American Idol”) and the Queen Barb had some sound pieces of advice to give readers during her interview. “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,” she said. “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.”
Although Nicki may be a “boss” now, things weren’t always that way for the YMCMB queen. She spent a lot of her childhood getting teased, which she revealed during her interview. “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,” she said. “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.”
Now the Pink Friday rapper has serious plans for her future, her goals are bigger than ever in securing a future for her family. “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,” she told ELLE. 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.”