Nicki Minaj Covers Teen Vogue Magazine [Photo] [Video]
Nicki Minaj is ‘Fierce and Fabolous’ on the cover of the new issue of Teen Vogue Magazine. Photographed by Sebastian Kim, Nicki opens up about her fashion idols, dealing with high school bullies, and what inspires her as an artist. Check out highlights from the interview below.
On Growing up: “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,” she recalls. “I dreaded it. I had butterflies in my stomach each time: Are people going to like or hate me? Will they talk about me?
On High School Bullies: “I encountered jealous girls a lot—it wasn’t like I had nice clothes, so they couldn’t be envious of that, but they were like, ‘You shouldn’t be that confident,’ ” she reveals. “Sometimes, if I felt like there was a physical threat, I would call my older brother and say, ‘Can you meet me after school because I don’t know what might happen?’ Sometimes there’d be a fight, sometimes not. I let people know I wasn’t going to be pushed around. What it came down to is that the bullies wanted me to bow down to them. And I just wouldn’t.”
On Dealing with the Haters: “I was a jokester. I let everything roll off my back,” she says. “I always felt like I had other things going in my life outside of school, like church and extracurriculars—I was even on the softball team,”
Also check out her BTS video below and read the complete interview with Nicki Minaj when it hits newsstands May 21.