Nicki Minaj. Not only do I love her cutting lyrics, her outrageous videos and her dazzling outfits, I love that she has become an outspoken advocate for women doing what they want, in whatever way they want to.
So, here are a few quotes from Nicki where a) she said it right and b) she shows that just because a women portrays her self as sexy and shows a bit (a lot) of skin, it doesn’t mean that she’s dumb.
- On being a bitch: “When I am assertive, I’m a bitch. When a man is assertive, he’s a boss. He bossed up. No negative connotation behind ’bossed up.’“ My Time Now preview 2010
- On making $500 million: “That figure has been in my brain for a long time. I want to be the female who earned the same amount of money that the Jay Zs and the Puffys were able to earn. I feel like when I reach my 500-million-dollar goal” – she pauses to cackle at the Monopoly-money sum, teeth bared – “then no other woman in rap will ever feel like they can’t do what these men have done.” Dazed interview 2014
- ““I do not see myself as a female rapper anymore, I’m sorry. I see myself as a rapper.” MTV interview 2014
- On feminism: “You know, I feel like certain words can box you in,” she told the magazine. “I think of myself as a woman who wants other women to be bosses and to be strong and to be go-getters. I’ve always said that, since I came in the game, even when I was doing mixtapes.” Vogue interview 2015
- On Anaconda: “If a man did the same video with sexy women in it, no one would care. You’re talking about newspeople, who don’t even know anything about hip-hop culture. It’s so disrespectful for them to even comment on something they have no idea about. They don’t say anything when they’re watching the Victoria’s Secret show and seeing boobs and thongs all day. Why? Shame on them. Shame on them for commenting on “Anaconda” and not commenting on the rest of the oversexualised business we’re a part of.” V Magazine interview