Onika Tanya Minaj, American rapper also known as Nicki Minaj, says herself and fellow singer, Beyonce Knowles, inspire a lot of women around the world.
In an interview with Marie Claire magazine, where she is the cover girl for the November issue, Nicki Minaj advised women to aim for independence and self-sustainability.
“Nowadays, I feel like [young women] see marrying into money—I think that’s a big thing now,” said the 33-year-old songwriter.
“I don’t want that to be a woman’s goal in life. I want your goal in life to be to become an entrepreneur, a rich woman, a career-driven woman. You have to be able to know that you need no man on this planet at all, period, and he should feel that, because when a man feels that you need him, he acts differently.
“Every time [Beyonce] 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.”
Nicki Minaj expressed belief in her ability to do anything she wants and be successful at it.
“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.”
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