American Hip hop artiste Nicki Minaj has offered advice for ladies about financial independence.
The rapper who covers the November issue of Marie Claire magazine dubbed The Power Issue observes: “most women get into heterosexual relationships because of money.”
“Nowadays, I feel like (young women) see marrying into money – I think that’s a big thing now,” she said. “I don’t want that to be a woman’s goal in life. I want your goal in life to be to become an entrepreneur, a rich woman, a career-driven woman. You have to be able to know that you need no man on this planet at all, period.”
A staunch champion of female empowerment, Minaj also spoke about competing with male rappers.
She admits she modeled her career on Jay Z, saying: “He did such a great job being an authentic street guy and a businessman, and I was like, ‘Why aren’t there women doing that, taking the success from rap and channeling it into their empire?’ I felt like anything he could do, I could do.”
Double standards for black women
In the Marie Claire interview, Nicki Minaj also voiced her gripe on the treatment of women of colour in the entertainment industry vs. white women.
“When Kim Kardashian’s naked picture came out, (Sharon Osbourne) praised it, and my fans attacked her for being such a hypocrite,” Minaj told writer Janet Mock.
“So it wasn’t trashy and raunchy when a white woman did it, but it was when a black woman did it? It’s quite pathetic and sad, but that is my reality, and I’ve gotten accustomed to just shutting it down.”
In 2014, after receiving criticism for the album art for her single Anaconda, she posted pictures on social media of herself in a thong with the caption “Unacceptable” beside pictures of white supermodels in thongs with the caption “Acceptable.”
Nicki Minaj’s full Marie Claire interview will hit stands on October 18.