Whatever is eating Nicki Minaj’s face from the inside out, as she realises what a huge mistake it is having Taco Bell immediately prior to a photo shoot, covers the new issue of Teen VOGUE.
- On the music industry: ’People treat this business like it’s high school,’ she tells Teen Vogue. ‘It can absolutely feel like one big popularity contest, and you know what? I can’t be bothered. I can’t allow myself to play ridiculous games with grown adults in the industry. I can’t be nice to someone just because they’re hot right now. I can’t do it.’
- On staying positive: ’I used to read the bad things people said about me,’ says Minaj, a regular on Twitter. ‘Then I asked myself, ‘Why am I reading that when I have millions of people saying great things?’ You cannot give negativity power. I tell teens, if you’re having a problem, there’s nothing wrong with deleting your social media. If people keep taunting you and you keep reading it, it’s poison.’
- On moving around as a child: ‘Every time my parents fought, my mother would have us move and I would have to go to a new school, which meant I’d have to face the task of making new friends. I dreaded it. I had butterflies in my stomach each time: Are people going to like or hate me? … Sometimes there’d be a fight, sometimes not. I let people know I wasn’t going to be pushed around,’ she tells Teen Vogue.