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Nicki Minaj Covers 'Marie Claire' August 2013

Nicki Minaj Covers 'Marie Claire' August 2013

Nicki Minaj shows her stuff on the cover of Marie Claire‘s August 2013 issue, on newsstands July 16.

Here’s what the 30-year-old rap star had to share with the mag:

On her time at American Idol: “The perception that people had of me completely changed because there are no cue cards, there’s no script, it wasn’t be performing a song. It was, ‘Let’s see you real personality.’ My core is a genuine human being who roots for other people. I didn’t want to blow smoke up their ass. I wanted every contestant to leave with something that they could remember.”

On her recent epiphany as an artist: “I was on a world tour, a big feat for a female rapper. For the first time, I allowed myself to feel proud of where music had gotten me, and I felt an overwhelming sense of gratitude. You feel the need to pay it forward, which starts with analyzing yourself with a true desire to grow. I was praying every day, ‘You know what, Lord? I want to be a mom one day, and I want to start becoming the woman who I want to parent my child.’ I wanted all of the feelings of entitlement to leave me, because some people have this life for a year or five or 10 – and a lot of them lose it. I didn’t want to become a person who wasn’t enjoying the moment.”

On tips for getting a man: “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.”

FYI: Nicki is wearing Gaydamak jewelry on the cover.

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Credit: Satoshi Saïkusa/Marie Claire
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  • Rea

    Love her music. She is super quirky but seems genuine.
    So true about men…wish someone had drilled into my head years ago men are essentially overgrown children with cocks that guide their decision making.

  • Roseanne

    I like Niki…

    The cover is nice.. not liking that other pic.. but I like her

  • amensister

    another black girl with blonde ambition

  • roxy

    i actually agreed with all of her critiques towards the contestants on idol. her critiques were much more genuine, truthful, and technical than mariahs ass-kissing crap. you can call her ghetto or trashy or whatever derogatory word there is, but shes really quite intelligent and it actually shows in her interviews as well as in person.

  • D.Scott

    Pretty cover shot, Nicki

  • Henry

    YUCK. What is not fake on her. Breasts made, butt made, nose made, contact lenses …..

  • Dustin

    A grown woman who feels so ashamed about her natural look that she is faking everything on her, shouldnt give anybody advises.

  • :)

    She seems really immature for 30….treat men like dogs?

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  • http://justjared sarah aimen

    I love nicki minaj I am the biggest fan of hers and I wish nicki minaj
    came to my school in spring tx because if nicki minaj came I would
    be happy because I always dream about nicki minaj at night
    when I am sleeping in my pink bedroom and so I smelled some
    nicki minaj pink friday and it smelled really good it smelled like the
    color pink thankyou from sarah