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Nicki Minaj Covers Elle Magazine’s April 2013 Issue, Talks Commanding Respect & Being Bullied As A Child!

Despite arriving 15 minutes late to the “American Idol” live taping in Los Angeles last night after she was caught up in traffic, “Young Money” rapstress Nicki Minaj is giving her female fans a little advice about commanding respect in the new issue of Elle Magazine’s April 2013 issue.

During her interview with the mag, the “Pink Friday” hit-maker chatted about being bullied as a child, her plans for world domination and her recent make-under after firing her fashion-stylist. 

Here’s the highlights:

On how women should command respect:

“My advice to women in general: Even if you’re doing a nine-to-five job, treat yourself like a boss. Not arrogant, but be sure of what you want— and don’t allow people to run anything for you without your knowledge. You want everyone to know, Okay, I can’t play games with her. I have to do right by this woman. That’s what it’s all about.”

On her plans for world domination:

“My goal in the beginning was to buy my mother a house. Now I realize, Okay, if I really focus and become a key player in business, then I can build an empire. I’m thinking of a legacy that I can be proud of and wealth that my grandchildren can use to go to college. So world domination— in terms of providing for my family— is absolutely my goal.”

On experiencing bullying in school as a child:

“I went through a lot of bullying early on. Girls made my life a living hell. We had come to America from a different country. My brother and I had accents. It was very tough. So I’ve always put up this wall— it was a self-defense mechanism growing up— because I was almost expecting people to attack me. And I still have it. It’s sad.”

On her dramatic make-under for her ELLE photo shoot

“When I saw myself with barely any makeup at, it was such a… like, I’m so, so attached to my pink lipstick, it’s hard. I feel that it’s become a part of me. To go in front of the camera, without pink lips or big ol’ crazy lashes— you know, nothing— I felt naked. It was scary! So this photo shoot was a real accomplishment in my eyes.”

Check out more pics below:

Watch her behind-scenes video here:

The new issue of Elle Magazine hits newsstands on March 18th.




  1. Anonymous

    March 15, 2013 at 5:12 am

    Idk…. Not really feeling the pics.. they could of look better.. Face posing wise and out fits..

    # Monie luv

    • admin

      March 15, 2013 at 5:15 am

      I agree! When I first saw the pics, I was like "NO…NO….NO"… even the second pics makes her face look weird. Talk about a huge jaw line!

  2. Anonymous

    March 15, 2013 at 3:47 pm

    Is she trying to catch flies? She got her mouth all open for no reason. Try again Nicki. #notcute

  3. Anonymous

    March 17, 2013 at 1:44 pm

    The cover says 'no wig' but she is wearing a lacefront wig with dark roots. How stupid do these people and their PR think we are?? When will Ci-error, beyaki, & Nici get rid of their tackylooking lacefronts? A woman who has to wear a wig 24/7 is just plain nasty under the wig and too lazy to take care of & style her own hair

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