WRITTEN BY TRICIA GARCIA
Nicki Minaj was interviewed by Vanessa Grigoriadias at the Trump Hotel for the latest issue of New York Times Magazine.
Minaj is the first female rapper to appear on the cover of The New York Times Magazine. Nicki Minaj has been contentious among some female artists in the industry, and some have argued she doesn’t set a good example for young women.
However, some of the most poignant parts of the article came when Minaj discussed female empowerment. Minaj emphasized her wish to be a role model for young women. She often finds herself talking about politics and mentoring the young women in the crowds at her concerts.
“I never was political or preachy, but I’d stop my show and do two minutes of talking to my girls, boosting them up,” said Minaj.
The artist spoke about how an independent female figure should not depend on a man for financial stability. She said, “In my relationships, I’ve been told, ‘You don’t have to work that much.’ But I can’t stop working, because it’s bigger than work to me. It’s having a purpose outside any man.’’
Grigoriadias was impressed by Minaj, characterizing her as “empowering” and “strong”.
She then turned questions to Minaj’s music and personal life, including the feuds between her boyfriend Meek Mill and Drake, and mentor Lil Wayne and Birdman.
“Is there a part of you that thrives on drama, or is it no, just pain and unpleasantness…” asked the reporter.
Minaj took offense to the question, relating it to a bigger problem, “Women blame women for things that have nothing to do with them.”
Offended by the question, Minaj abruptly ended the interview by saying, “I have no further interest in speaking to you”.
In spite of the abrupt conclusion to the interview, Grigoriadias praised Minaj’s creativity and strength. She recognized Minaj for her importance as a symbol for females everywhere, especially black females, to be independent and hard-working in spite of society’s often narrow view of women.