Eve is not a fan of Nicki Minaj’s PAPER cover. The venerated Philadelphia rapper, who is now a co-host on “The Talk,” addressed her Barbershop: The Next Cut co-star on the daytime program, explaining why she didn’t think the racy cover shoot was “right.”
“I worked with Nicki, I got to know her on Barbershop,” she said. “She’s a nice person, she’s an amazing rapper, and as a lyricist I respect her…but as a woman, from my point of view, personally, I would not be able to do that.”
She went on to criticize the “Minaj á Trois”-themed shoot, which includes a trio of Nickis, some topless in pasties, while others pretend to perform sexual acts.
“I think in this climate, it’s not good,” she said. “I think every artist has a right to express themselves however they want to express themselves and I respect that as well. For me personally, as I started coming up in the business, I started realizing that young girls were looking up to me and younger people were looking up to me, and not that you want to be a role model, but it becomes what you become, it is what you are.”
Eve said that this point of view evolved. “As I’ve gotten older, [I’ve] learned I’d just rather be a voice that’s uplifting,” she said. “I can be a voice for those girls that might not have a voice, in a different way without showing myself off, with my brain.”
She also had a message for Nicki fans who would be critical of her perspective. “For the Nicki fans, I love her, respect her,” she said. “Go women in hip-hop. It’s not my thing. I just don’t think it’s right.”
Other “Talk” co-hosts, including Sheryl Underwood and Sharon Osbourne, agreed with Eve’s comments. Osbourne said: “It’s about your music, not about you love of looking a certain way. It’s great. You’re a young woman and you’re also a talented young woman. You don’t need to take it down to this level.”
Minaj posted images from the shoot yesterday, saying that they are meant to empower. “#LoveYourselfLadies,” she tweeted. “We can do it all.”