"The Queen Reclaims Her Throne" is all that reads on the new July cover of Elle magazine, featuring a delightfully polished Nicki Minaj wearing a multi-colored beaded top and matching headwrap.
Photographed by world-renowned fashion designer Karl Lagerfeld, Nicki revealed in a behind-the-scenes story to Elle that she actually fan-girled when she found out she would be photographed by the head creative director of Chanel.
“I wanted to cry,” Nicki shared about her cover shoot. “All I do is wear Chanel.”
Besides styling in the best designer fashions and charting with her "Chun-Li" hit, let the Harajuku Barbie tell it; she's living her best life, in both her personal life and career since she's been sleeping alone.
In the exclusive interview with Elle, the 35-year-old rapper spoke candidly about how she's experiencing "more growth in the last six months" than in the last eight years.
"It’s the first time in my life I’ve ever been single."
Revealing this is the very first relationship hiatus she's ever been on since being 15 years old, Nicki admits she had to learn to be alone.
“As soon as I realized that I could actually live and breathe, and eat and sleep, and walk and talk without having a boyfriend, something clicked in me,” she shared with the magazine.
“Becoming single was one of the things that made me feel strong and powerful," she continued on the topic. "The fact that I am a young woman who doesn’t need a man for money. I don’t need a man for a job. I’ve never had to f*ck for beats. I’ve never had to f*ck for a record deal. I don’t have those pressures. I get up when I want, shop when I want.”
Speaking of dealing with the opposite sex, Nicki also revealed one of the messages of her new album is that it's “OK to keep your legs closed.”
She then went on to share her thoughts about the moment she realized "how many girls were modern-day prostitutes."
She started off her thoughts with the disclaimer, “I don’t really know how to say that without being offensive,” before continuing her thoughts about strippers and Instagram girls:
“Maybe I was naïve, but I didn’t realize how many girls were modern-day prostitutes,” she begins. “Whether you’re a stripper, or whether you’re an Instagram girl—these girls are so beautiful and they have so much to offer. But I started finding out that you give them a couple thousand dollars, and you can have sex with them. I was like, Yikes. It’s just sad that they don’t know their worth. It makes me sad as a woman. And it makes me sad that maybe I’ve contributed to that in some way.”
Don't get it wrong, Nicki doesn't want to "look down on these girls," but, most importantly, she doesn't want her fans to think she's one of those girls giving up the goods for money.
“I just don’t know if girls who look up to me think that when I’m posting a sexy picture. I’m actually the antithesis of all of that. I’m more of, like, the snobby girl, like the ‘Uh, what’ type of girl. And I want girls to be like that. I’d rather you be called snobby or a bitch or conceited—I’d rather you be called that than easy, and a ho, and a slut.”
“I love being sexy; I’m never gonna stop being an exhibitionist.”