Images: Kai Z Feng for Marie Claire

Nicki Minaj is the cover star of Marie Claire's November issue and, in her interview, she puts on for the ladies one time by directly addressing double standards for women of color in media, competing with her male counterparts in the rap game, working with Beyoncé, and more for the magazine’s Power Issue.

Check out a few of our favorite Nicki quotables below:


On collaborating with Beyoncé:

Every time Bey and I do something together, I see how women are inspired, and it has nothing to do with how we look. It has to do with how we are owning who we are and telling other women you should be the boss of your own career and the brains behind your life or your decisions or your art. I just love that feeling.

On male competition and her Jay Z aspirations:

I don’t need to read a book about [business]. I can look at someone’s career and just pinpoint the dos and the don’ts, and the one person I’ve done that with for my entire career was Jay Z. He did such a great job being an authentic street guy and a businessman, and I was like, Why aren’t there women doing that, taking the success from rap and channeling it into their empire? I felt like anything he could do, I could do.

On the often forgotten victims of racial and social injustice:

We tend to not remember the black women who are mourning these men and who are thinking, Oh, my God, what am I going to tell my child now about where his father is, and the struggle it is for black women to then move on after they lose their husband or their boyfriend ... The strong women in these inner cities often go unnoticed ... no one really ever puts a hand out to them.

To read Nicki Minaj's Marie Claire cover story click, here


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