It Girls Around the World

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Nicki Minaj, Trinidad

Femcee Nicki Minaj has come a long way since her underground days, and though she grew up most of her teenage-to-adult life in Jamaica, Queens, New York, the rapper often reminds the world that she's Trini to the bone. Born Onika Tanya Maraj in Port-of-Spain, Trinidad, the then young girl left the Caribbean island at the age of five with her mother. And while her memories of living in Trinidad aren't the best, the MC often displays gestures of pride for her culture, occasionally shouting out the nation in her music. In 2012, Nicki returned home to the island to shoot the Carnival-themed music video for her single "Pound the Alarm."

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