Nicki Minaj Calls Out Double Standard for Women of Color
Nicki Minaj called out a media double standard for women in color in an expansive Marie Claire interview. "When Kim Kardashian's naked picture came out, [Sharon Osbourne] praised it, and my fans attacked her for being such a hypocrite," she said. "So it wasn't trashy and raunchy when a white woman did it, but it was when a black woman did it? It's quite pathetic and sad, but that is my reality, and I've gotten accustomed to just shutting it down."
The rapper also addressed the struggle for black women to live – and mourn – in a nation torn by inner-city violence.
"We tend to not remember the black women who are mourning these men and who are thinking, 'Oh, my God, what am I going to tell my child now about where his father is?' and the struggle it is for black women to then move on after they lose their husband or their boyfriend," she said. "The strong women in these inner cities often go unnoticed … No one really ever puts a hand out to them."
The wide-ranging interview, for Marie Claire's November cover story, also includes Minaj's thoughts on young women's goals ("You have to be able to know that you need no man on this planet at all, period"), working with Beyoncé and competing with male rappers.
Minaj recently joined Beyoncé, Alicia Keys, Ms. Lauryn Hill, Common and T.I. at the all-star Tidal X: 1015 charity concert, which raised money for the Robin Hood Foundation.