Nicki Minaj Opens Up on Fame, Motherhood, and Body Positivity in Exclusive US Vogue Feature
In anticipation of her upcoming studio album, “Pink Friday 2,” Nicki Minaj graces the pages of Vogue’s December issue, marking her first appearance on the cover of the US edition. While she has previously adorned the covers of Arabian and Japanese Vogue in 2018 and 2019, respectively, this stateside debut symbolizes a significant moment in her illustrious career.
In a candid interview with Vogue, the rap icon, who has dominated the industry for nearly 15 years, delves into a range of topics, including the pressures of fame, the challenges of raising her 3-year-old son (referred to as “Papa Bear”), and the much-anticipated new album.
Minaj reflects on the duality of fame, noting the shift from a free-spirited state to the awareness of constant judgment. She acknowledges the fear of letting people down after achieving success and speaks briefly about the controversy surrounding her 2021 tweet expressing skepticism about the efficacy of Covid-19 vaccines. “I like to make my own assessment,” she asserts.
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Addressing her role as a symbol of “body positivity” for women of color with curves, Minaj admits to not always feeling positive about her own body. She reminisces about her 25-year-old self, expressing a desire to look like that again. However, she emphasizes the journey to self-acceptance, revealing her contentment with her current physique.
In a surprising revelation, Minaj discloses her recent breast reduction surgery, expressing love for her transformed body. She encourages self-love regardless of body type, recounting her past desire for a larger butt and emphasizing the importance of embracing one’s natural form.
Minaj concludes the interview by sharing her newfound perspective on gratitude and self-happiness. “It’s not that I’ve taken these amazing steps. It’s just about finally being happy with who you are as opposed to where you are,” she says, encapsulating a sense of personal growth and contentment in her journey.