Rap superstar and Nicki Minaj covers the August 2013 issue of Marie Claire US shot by Satoshi Saikusa. In the issue she chats about why she ditched her cartoon persona, how she was cast in upcoming comedy The Other Woman, and what we can expect from her third album tentatively titled The Pink Print, which will drop next year.
On what she’s hope her fans to learn from her music:
“Don’t lose the fun side of you, the part of you that fantasized and had a great imagination, but don’t ever get complacent because there’s always someone gunning to take your spot. You’ve got to work like it’s your first day on the job every day. That’s what I do: Work hard, laugh later. I just don’t want people to think that you can get this any other way. You can’t get it with a pretty little smile. You have to put the work in, and that goes for anything you want to do.”
On how to grab your Mr. Right:
“Don’t chase any man. Put your school first. Men love independent women. You don’t have to be a bitch, but there’s nothing wrong with it at times. And: Men are kids at heart. They want to be nourished and pet like a dog.”
Read the full article here, and be sure to pick up the August issue of Marie Claire when it hits newsstands on July 16. Check out some behind the scenes from the shoot!
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WARDROBE WARS: Nicki Minaj vs Lil Kim
1. WARDROBE WARS: Nicki Minaj vs Lil Kim
They're both talented rappers, have larger than life personalities, and over the top style. Nicki Minaj and Lil Kim have spawned one of the highest profile rivalries in music history. And it doesn't seem to be coming to an end anytime soon. So, let's take the battle to a new playing field. When it comes to the fashion game, who's rocked it consistently? You be the judge.
2. Nicki Minaj
Nicki went for a powerful punch in lime green (no pun intended).
3. Lil Kim
Kim was glam in a laser cut gown.
4. Nicki Minaj
This sleek and sexy bodycon dress was a hit on the red carpet.
5. Lil Kim
...While Kim paired her bodycon with thigh high boots and long leather gloves.
6. Nicki Minaj
This champagne colored bandage dress gave Nicki a gorgeous glow.
7. Lil Kim
Kim channelled sultry 50s glam in this deep burgundy frock.
8. Nicki Minaj
Nicki wowed with her elegant new look.
9. Lil Kim
Kim took the neutral road with this satin ensemble.
10. Nicki Minaj
For a visit to 106 & Park, Nicki rocked hot pink high waisted pants and a 3D bra top.
11. Lil Kim
High waisted pants and a colorblocked top was on Kim's mind for 106 & Park.
12. Nicki Minaj
Nicki went for an old time favorite of vibrant colors and wild prints.
13. Lil Kim
Kim showcased a pretty floral and white look under a cropped leather jacket.