With her new album Pink Friday: Roman Reloaded set to be released on April 3rd (which I cannot wait for!), Nicki Minaj is amping up promotions by taking over the cover of the April 2012 issue of Complex magazine.
The 29-year-old “Starships” singer showed off her quirky style while clad in a Ralph Lauren Purple Label top, leggings by American Apparel, shoes by Giuseppe Zanotti and sunglasses from a-morir by Kerin Rose on the Christian Anwander shot front page.
I’m not overly impressed with this shoot. I think it definitely plays to Nicki’s quirkiness but she doesn’t look super sexy. She is definitely a stunning lady but some looks work for her a lot better than others and she can go from looking absolutely beautiful to looking a little crazy and not too hot. I do like her as a blonde though I just wish we got more pics in this spread and a greater diversity of shots. I also love her confidence and honesty in her interview and truly do believe that she is a one of a kind artist that no one can replicate.
Meanwhile, highlights from Miss Minaj’s interview are as follows. For more, be sure to pay a visit to Complex!
On what wows her these days:
“If I wasn’t doing it, I wouldn’t believe it’s possible. I remember when I was working with Jay-Z. It was like, “Oh my God. Did I really just do a song with Jay?” I worked with Mariah and it wasn’t commercially successful. But I had fun and I made a real friendship with her. It was, obviously, a life-changing moment for me. It does feel like every moment is getting bigger and bigger. Not only did I get a call to do a song with Madonna, but then I got a call to do a video with Madonna, and then—oh, by the way—you’re going to do the Super Bowl with Madonna. This is not really happening.'”
On if she always knew what she wanted her brand to be:
“I didn’t know who I was as an artist. I knew who I was as a person. My morals and everything, they’re still the same. And then I took it upon myself to create this artist, Nicki Minaj. I wanted to do what a label cannot do. Now, labels are going to think they can re-create this. [Laughs.] But they can’t.”
On if she always feels like the smartest person in the room:
“I meet people that are smart every day. I love collaborating with creative people. I’m not walking around saying I know everything. Hell fucking no. I want to build something. I just don’t allow anyone around me who drops the ball constantly. I’ve never been happier with my current management, because Gee Roberson is such an intelligent man. I learn from him every day, and I’m very, very turned on by people that I learn from. Not sexually—I just love being enlightened. All artists should want to learn the business as they go along. If you’re in this s**t, talking about how you just want to be an artist, you’re f**king stupid. It makes me cringe.”