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Feb 24, 2011

Nicki Minaj Rocks Black Book Magazine

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   Nicki Minaj is the star of Black Book Magazine's March 2011 issue, lensed by Andrew MacPherson.
   In The Meteoric Rise of Nicki Minaj ” editorial the rapper does her signature crazy facial expressions while rocking a curly hairstyle (perhaps her natural) and bold makeup in baby blue and pink. There is a cool retro 70s vibe in the colorful shoot, featuring designs by SyrenJean Paul Gaultier, House of Holland, Versace and more.

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   “I’ve always wanted fame,” she says, idly stirring her cocktail with a plastic swizzle stick. “But when I achieved fame, I started realizing that it wasn’t as important as being great at what you do, or being critically acclaimed. Still, I never wish I wasn’t famous.” 

   “My mother can’t grasp the magnitude of my success,” says Minaj, who was born Onika Tanya Maraj in Trinidad and raised in the working-class neighborhood of South Jamaica, Queens. “She couldn’t tell Beyonc√© from Alicia Keys, and when I try to explain the far-fetched things I’m doing, she’d rather talk about having to call the plumber.”

   After graduating in 2000, she held down a slew of thankless part-time jobs (including a gig at Red Lobster, whom she’s obviously forgiven), using her wages to rent studio space. “That whole time was so horrible,” she says. “It was like fucking torture. At the end of the day, after working at whatever job I hated, I would get all dressed up and go out with the hope of getting a record deal. At night, I was an artist, but during the day I was a slave. When I think back on that time, on the people who made my life a living hell, I want to say, Are you all seeing me now? This is me having the last laugh after all those years when you made it hard for me to get out of bed in the morning.” 

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