Nicki Minaj rocks platinum locks and an edgy tartan plaid dress on the August 2013 cover of Marie Claire magazine. In her feature story by Amy Wallace, Nicki answered select questions submitted by fans via Twitter; over 20,000 were submitted!
On the power of social media, and the love of her ‘Barbz’:
When someone can hear you speaking through your thoughts and words, they get to make a very quick judgment—quicker than they’d have been able to make in the ’80s or ’90s. They get to feel: Are you real? Is this you? I tell my Barbz, ‘You guys know the difference between rap, play, and dead-ass serious.’ They know the difference between those three Nickis. And they’re so smart. They teach me every day. They’re the meat and potatoes of who Nicki Minaj is.
On her stint on ‘American Idol’:
The perception that people had of me completely changed because there are no cue cards, there’s no script, it wasn’t me performing a song. It was, ‘Let’s see your real personality’.My core is a genuine human being who roots for other people. I didn’t want to blow smoke up their ass. I wanted every contestant to leave with something that they could remember.
On her future in rap:
One day, when I start getting a couple gray hairs, maybe it will all be only acting. I just never know.