Nicki Minaj in ELLE April 2013: "Girls Made My Life a Living Hell"
The "Super Bass" hitmaker rocked a Tom Ford jacket with American Apparel leggings for the Thomas Whiteside-shot front page while dishing about everything from being bullied as a child to commanding respect from others.
On her dramatic make-under for her ELLE photo 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 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.”
Her advice for 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 her plans for 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.”
For more on Nicki's interview, be sure to visit ELLE and pick it up on newsstands March 18!
Photo Credit: Thomas Whiteside for ELLE