Nicki Minaj Covers The FADER

Nicki Minaj

Four years after gracing The FADER, Nicki Minaj returns to cover the magazine’s Fall Fashion Issue. The “Anaconda” rapper scales back her look, rocking black hair and a red Gaultier dress in the photos shot by João Canziani.

In the interview, she opens up about the hardships of being in the public eye, being a role model to young black women, and The Pink Print.

Her third album is set to feature Dr. Luke, Ester Dean, Boi-1da, and Detail, and she’d like to get Rihanna and Drake on board.

She also addressed her controversial speech at the BET Awards (“When you hear Nicki Minaj spit, Nicki Minaj wrote it”), which some took as a diss to fellow nominee Iggy Azalea. But Nicki explains that her intention was to empower women to write their own lyrics.

Plus, find out why she will never feel equal to Lil Wayne and the story behind her health scare.

On how she’s evolved: “I think early on in my career, I was… just a little bit crazy. I took everything personally. That’s just not good, and it’s not healthy. I think one of my best attributes now, as a businesswoman and an artist and a professional person, is being able to think before I speak. I’ve learned that everything I think doesn’t necessarily need to be stated.”

On her BET Awards speech: “My point of saying what I said was that women need to have a perspective. If we’re out here saying that we’re so confident, and we’re so this and so that, but we don’t even trust ourselves to write down our own thoughts and spit it on a beat?”

On referencing her health scare in her BET speech: “I was making a point to say that the business kills so many people and we don’t even realize it. I can only imagine how many people in this business have died because they may not have wanted to… to be embarrassed publicly. We care so much about what the world thinks that we don’t live, really.”

On moving away from her family: “I don’t want to get emotional. I just miss them. Every time I talk about them, I get emotional.”

On Lil Wayne: “Now we can have conversations and enjoy each other, but I don’t think I’ll ever feel like he’s my peer because of how much he’s done for me. I’ll always think of him like the king.”

On those who question her credibility: “I felt like my pop music made me have to retell my story. My credibility as an MC—I never thought I would have to explain that. I thought it was so evident that I belonged here [in hip-hop].”

On being a role model for young black women: “But every time I do a business venture or something that isn’t the norm for a female rapper, I pat myself on the back. It’s important that corporate America can see a young black woman being able to sell things outside of music.”

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30 Comments

  1. Aimanos

    No offence, she doesn’t look great.

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    @Aimanos, I agree, I love Nicki but they coulda picked a better cover (last picture?).

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    Oh Reply:

    @Aimanos, THIS LONG NOSED BITCH IS UGLY WITHOUT PHOTOSHOP lmfaoooo

    she needs to stick to her Instagram modeling shoots

    and this tHIRSTy bitch weave nappy ?lmfaoo she will NEVER get on any REAL Acclaimed Magazine like VOGUE OR GQ

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    Major Sushi Reply:

    @Oh, You mean, white people magazine?

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    Oh Reply:

    @Major Sushi, No magazines for relevant people….funny how u made it a race issue when Kanye has been on both magizines recently

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    Major Sushi Reply:

    @Oh, Name one ebony female rap artists that grazed the cover of GQ, then I will give you props.

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    Major Sushi Reply:

    @Oh, At the top of your head, name 10 black male/female artist that was on the cover of GQ.

    Fader is a magazine catered to ebony people, uncultured swine.

    You must be white, because if you were of color, you would know Fader.

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    Iggy Iggz Reply:

    @Oh,

    Isn’t she using her real hair? I’m sure all black girls hair are nappy lol

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    JustCoastWitHa Reply:

    @Iggy Iggz, I-G-G-BYE

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    what? Reply:

    @Aimanos, the red dress doesn’t look good on her shape, but nice none the less.

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  2. Bill

    I love the Nicki natural/little makeup look.
    But I have a hard time believing that shot they chose for the cover was the best one from the shoot!

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    Oh Reply:

    @Bill, SHES on the right magazine “FADEr” this bitch is WASHED UP

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  3. TRP

    The picture with the gold pants should have been the cover.

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  4. JustCoastWitHa

    I love my b!tch but who picks these outfits ?!

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  5. georgia23

    I actually love that she’s not wearing any makeup on the cover – or if she’s wearing any, it’s very minimal. I do think the gold-pants and bra should’ve been the cover shot though. She looks great in that one. The dress is just a bit too simple and I don’t feel like it shows her personal style.

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  6. Deejay

    Fader magazine always does their editorial photography in a natural and imperfect way. That’s why these pics don’t look as glam as you usually see nicki. I personally like when she looks like just a regular girl.

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    Tony B Reply:

    @Deejay, me Too I love this shit.

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  7. Tony B

    I LOVE how organic and refreshing she looks.I totally get the essence(Diana Ross esque) of what Fader captured here.Way to go Nicki

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  8. Major Sushi

    is it me, or did she lose weight?

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  9. Morgan

    Gorgeous cover.

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  10. punkiret

    Yeah I don’t like the cover either…But she needs to stick to her word and stop being so damn fake then I would like her more. If she was talking about Iggy she was talking about Iggy like stop beating around the bush to make it seem like you was trying to be positive

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  11. meme

    I dont mind the cover…i like that it is not retouched. My problem is the other images, and the god awful styling. That red dress is hideous.

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  12. Kate

    so we basically learned nothing

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  13. Iggy Iggz

    You can tell by her face she wasn’t even feeling this shoot aswell

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  14. truth (icki is the QWEEN OF PUSHBACK!! Iggy got her scuured honey. #IckiAFlop)

    Kim bodied this FISH!! #GetThatWhackBitchOuttaHere

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  15. the_truth

    ewwwwwww…..

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  16. K

    she looks good.

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  17. Andy

    So sexy! I’m happy she again adressed her BET awards speech. She really wasn’t referring to Iggy. I really doubt Iggy has ghostwriters (just because she is white and femlae, which is so racist and sexist), she has good lyrics. In any case someone helps her but not writes for her.

    I just can’t with her voice :( still love her verses in Black Widow and Problem.

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  18. Jebs

    it intrest me so much that everytime something is posted about nicki everyone seems to hate. but when they post things about other female rappers everyone seems to love them. The hate is real on THE QUEEN. and that just proves it. :) . . . i know things were misspelled and if it annoyed you then im happy :D

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  19. Saberina

    Iggy bitch shut your mouth a leave out of Nicki business what ever she does isn’t no problem to you we are her fanz and we here to love and support and calm her through thick and thin rough and hard times

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