Oh man. So Nicki Minaj went and did this interview with "Elle," and in it, she talked about being bullied as a kid, getting the damn thing done, and her future plans, which include building a Nicki Minaj Empire that will ultimately send her grandchildren to college. Kind of admirable, right? Except, of course, for the part about the bullying. That's kind of sad, really.
Here's Nicki on the bullying thing:
“I went through a lot of bullying early on. Girls made my life a living hell. We had come to America from a different country. My brother and I had accents. It was very tough. So I’ve always put up this wall – it was a self-defense mechanism growing up – because I was almost expecting people to attack me. And I still have it. It’s sad.”
And Nicki on doing it like a boss:
“My advice to women in general: Even if you’re doing a nine-to-five job, treat yourself like a boss. Not arrogant, but be sure of what you want- and don’t allow people to run anything for you without your knowledge. You want everyone to know, Okay, I can’t play games with her. I have to do right by this woman. That’s what it’s all about."
And finally, Nicki on that college-and-grandkids thing:
“My goal in the beginning was to buy my mother a house. Now I realize, Okay, if I really focus and become a key player in business, then I can build an empire. I’m thinking of a legacy that I can be proud of and wealth that my grandchildren can use to go to college. So world domination- in terms of providing for my family – is absolutely my goal.”
Man. Likable, right? Admirable? Respectable? The answer's probably "yes" to all of those questions, which makes it seem like the earth has begun to spin slightly to the left. Or backwards or something. Who knows.
All that's true right now is that we live in a world where Nicki Minaj just came off as a bright, intelligent, well-spoken adult with lofty and attainable ambitions. If that's not a mystery in itself, then who knows what really is, you know?
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