“American Idol” judge Nicki Minaj is the new cover girl for Teen Vogue magazine May/June 2013 “Summer Style” issue.
During her interview with the magazine, the “Marilyn Monroe” rapstress opened up about the music industry, staying positive, getting discovered on Myspace and changing schools.
Here’s a few highlights from the interview:
On Being Discovered On Myspace:
“My journey to who I am today began on MySpace. I love getting real opinions from people.”
On Staying Positive:
“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.”
On comparing the music industry to high school:
“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 changing schools due to her parents fight a lot:
“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.”
Check out the cover below: