Nicki Minaj hasn’t dropped an album since 2014, but that’s OK. Because what she lacks in musical output, she makes up for with motivational wisdom.
The rapper covers the November issue of Marie Claire magazine, aptly dubbed “The Power Issue.” Inside, she offers up ace advice for ladies about not needing a man to be successful.
“Nowadays, I feel like [young women] see marrying into money — I think that’s a big thing now,” she said. “I don’t want that to be a woman’s goal in life. I want your goal in life to be to become an entrepreneur, a rich woman, a career-driven woman. You have to be able to know that you need no man on this planet at all, period.”
A fierce champion of female empowerment, Minaj also spoke candidly about competing with male rappers. She admits she modeled her career on Jay Z, saying, “He did such a great job being an authentic street guy and a businessman, and I was like, ‘Why aren’t there women doing that, taking the success from rap and channeling it into their empire?’ I felt like anything he could do, I could do.”
Along the same lines, Minaj also discussed what she loves most about collaborating with Beyoncé (spoiler: it also has to do with inspiring women ... would you expect anything less?).
“Every time Bey and I do something together, I see how women are inspired, and it has nothing to do with how we look,” she explained. “It has to do with how we are owning who we are and telling other women you should be the boss of your own career and the brains behind your life or your decisions or your art. I just love that feeling.”
PREACH, NICKI. And now, please enjoy one more photo from her Marie Claire photo shoot, which is pretty much required viewing for your soul: