Nicki Minaj covers the June/July issue of Teen Vogue, and at least this sight is more tasteful than the magazine’s last cover model, Justin Bieber. I think Nicki is promoting “American Idol” here, which is far too little and too late. After FOX allegedly blew $40 million for this season’s judges and worked that supposed Minaj/Mariah Carey feud for all it was worth, ratings still dropped 22%, and the new plan is to replace all four judges with a new panel next year. Good luck FOX because you’re going to need it.
Back to Nicki though, who will certainly bounce back with some vacuous pop music in the wake of her “Idol” diversion. This cover spread isn’t terrible even if it certainly isn’t tasteful, and at least Nicki’s look here is relatively age appropriate to the magazine’s tweenish audience. In the interview, she actually sounds a little bit wise when it comes to dealing with difficult people. Here are some excerpts:
The industry is like high school: “People treat this business like it’s high school. 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.”
She switched schools a lot: “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.”
The good & bad of the internet: “My journey to who I am today began on MySpace. I love getting real opinions from people. I used to read the bad things people said about me. 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.”
[From Teen Vogue]
Does anyone think that Nicki is referring to Mariah when she walks about not wanting to play childish games with grown-ups in the industry? Yeah, that wasn’t exactly a subtle point. Still, her words on how teens can deal with social media will hopefully make up for any shade that she’s throwing in Mariah’s direction. I just let my 12-year-old daughter get on Facebook for the first time, and I’m having to monitor the account like crazy because kids from her school are very active and cliquish when it comes to social media. It’s scary, but I’m not afraid to pull the plug on my daughter’s account if it becomes too much.
Photos courtesy of Teen Vogue