Here’s what the 31-year-old rapper had to share with the mag:
On her time at American Idol: “Once I did Idol, a lot of people would come up to me and say, ‘Oh, you’re smarter than I thought.’ What does that mean? Was I making weird faces [that made you think] I was stupid?” … Thank God I did that show. At least I was able to show my true self, speak and have a mind.”
On criticisms of the “Anaconda” video and embracing curves: “Everything we see that’s labeled as beautiful is very skinny. In the song I kind of say, ‘F— them skinny girls.’ But it’s all love. I consider myself a skinny girl. I went overboard with the video to show that I’m not going to hide. And those big-booty dancers I have, they’re not going to hide. Black girls should feel sexy, powerful and important too.”
On staying competitive: “It’s corny when rappers feel like they’ve made it and they don’t have to prove themselves anymore. You should always be competing. You should always be trying to show that you’re the best. My album is going to be important to hip-hop.”
For more on Nicki, visit Billboard.com!