Inside the magazine, Nicki Minaj talks about the music industry, her childhood, and dealing with online bullies.
On the music biz: “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 rough childhood: “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 social media: “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.”
Read some excerpts from her cover story:
On her intense relationship with daughter Blue Ivy:
“She’s my road dog. She’s my homey, my best friend.
I felt very maternal around eight months.
And I thought I couldn’t become any more until I saw the baby. . . . But it happened during my labor because I had a very strong connection with my child.
I felt like when I was having contractions, I envisioned my child pushing through a very heavy door.
And I imagined this tiny infant doing all the work, so I couldn’t think about my own pain. . . .
We were talking. I know it sounds crazy, but I felt a communication.
I feel like I have something that has grounded me so much more. Family has always been important. I’ve always had my mother and my father and my husband. But it’s just. . . . Life is so much more than. . . It’s not defined by any of this.”
On having more kids:
“When I was younger, there were moments where I said, ‘I’m not going to have children.’ And then moments when I wanted four. And now I definitely want another, but I don’t know when.”
Gwyneth Paltrow on Beyonce’s maternal instincts:
“Blue was sleeping in her arms, across her body, and B was listening back to what she had been working on. I thought, This is how you do it. You do what you love with who you love included.”
Gwyneth on her best friend’s power:
“When she is working onstage, she has more power than any woman I’ve ever seen. She would never say it and has never said it, but I feel she knows with every fiber of her being that she is the best in the world at her job.”
On recording her new album in the Hamptons:
“We had dinners with the producers every day, like a family. It was like a camp. Weekends off. You could go and jump in the pool and ride bikes . . . the ocean and grass and sunshine. . . . It was really a safe place.”
Excerpt from her HBO Documentary about the decision to split from her father Mathew Knowles
“My soul has been tarnished,” she declares—but later, as she asserts her independence and confronts the petty squabbles of the business, she comes around to appreciating her father’s hand. “My father taught me so much about being a businesswoman,” she says. “And I’m understanding him a lot now. . . . A lot of the crazy things he did were necessary.”
On avoiding the comments sections on websites
“Don’t scroll down! You’re definitely going to get your feelings hurt.”
On the perks of marrying Jay-Z:
“Just knowing someone’s always going to be honest and tell the truth,” she says of Jay-Z, “[who] can understand exactly what I’m going through—and I can understand exactly what he’s going through.”
On why she won’t ever get immersed in work again
“At some point it’s very important to me that my daughter is able to experience life and run through the sprinklers and have slumber parties and trust and live and do all the things that any child should be able to do.”
More pics from her upcoming issue:
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Behind the Scenes Beyoncés March 2013 Vogue Shoot
Beyoncé is looking glamorous on the March 2013 cover of Vogue. Fresh from her Super Bowl halftime performance, Mrs. Carter graces the fashion bible’s annual “Power” issue.
With her hair pinned up, Queen B strikes a regal pose in a black-and-white outfit. An early photo of the cover has hit the net with the tagline, “Beyoncé rules the world.” Past “Power” cover subjects have included Lady Gaga, Adele, and Jennifer Hudson.
” They dont make ’em like this anymore..”
Thats all i can say !