Rapper turned American Idol judge Nicki Minaj graces the pages of the June/July issue of Teen Vogue magazine. The YMCMB femcee gets dolled up in a Barbie-esque ensemble equipped with lace, beads and a tutu.
Minaj sits down with Teen Vogue and opens up about frequently changing schools, staying positive, getting discovered on MySpace and the music industry (which she compares to being in high school). Check out some snippets below:
On the music biz:
People treat this business like it’s 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.
On changing schools a lot:
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.
Peep Nicki Minaj during American Idol’s Season 12 finale this week, as she is more than likely not returning as a judge for Season 13.