After recently stirring up more drama after coming for Mariah Carey on Twitter, Nicki Minaj has snagged the June cover of Teen Vogue, donning her signature girly girl look. Inside, she opens up about why she refuses to fake about the industry, her parents’ dysfunctional relationship, and why she no longer gives her critics any attention.
On why she refuses to fake about the industry
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 how her parents dysfunctional relationship affected her
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.
On why she no longer pays attention to the critics
I used to read the bad things people said about me, then I asked myself, ‘Why am I reading that when I have millions of people saying great things?’ You cannot give negativity power. I tell teens, if you’re having a problem, there’s nothing wrong with deleting your social media. If people keep taunting you and you keep reading it, it’s poison.
Nicki, I like you, but you have to admit that you’ve added to the drama within the industry, acting a little “high school” yourself. I appreciate that you’re not fake about your feelings, but there’s a difference between being fake and cordial! I like that she talked about her past, and learning to ignore the critics, though. She has the power to inspire and empower millions worldwide; she just has to use that power a little better. You can read more from Nicki in the June issue of Teen Vogue!
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