Nicki Minaj for Teen Vogue June/July 2013. ‘People Treat This Business Like It’s High School’ The Trinidadian born American rapper is never on to stay quiet and now she is slamming the entire music industry in this issue. She sports a cheerleader pose, the singer has compared the cut-throat industry to high school drama.
On refusing to sugarcoat her feelings:
“People treat this business like it’s high school. It can absolutely feel like one big popularity contest, and you know what? I can’t be bothered. I can’t allow myself to play ridiculous games with grown adults in the industry. I can’t be nice to someone just because they’re hot right now. I can’t do it.”
On her fears and struggles while growing up:
“Every time my parents fought, my mother would have us move and I would have to go to a new school, which meant i’d have to face the task of making new friends. I dreaded it. I had butterflies in my stomach each time: Are people going to like or hate me?… Sometimes there’d be a fight, sometimes not. I let people know I wasn’t going to be pushed around.”
On worrying less about other people’s opinions:
I used to read the bad things people said about me, then I asked myself, ‘Why am I reading that when I have millions of people saying great things?’ You cannot give negativity power. I tell teens, if you’re having a problem, there’s nothing wrong with deleting your social media. If people keep taunting you and you keep reading it, it’s poison.”
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