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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.

For more from Nicki, visit MarieClaire.com.

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