Strike a Pose! Nicki Minaj Covers Marie Claire

The rapper talks working with Beyoncé and Kim K's nudes.

It appears that Nicki Minaj is gearing up the promo train for the release of her fourth album. While no official release date, or even a murmuring about a first single, has been announced yet, rumours have been swirling around Minaj working on a new album for a while now. Last month, the singer randomly released a freestyle on Soundcloud. It was almost as if she was tapping us on our shoulders and whispering, "Hey, get ready."

It's due time. Minaj's last release, The Pinkprint, was gifted to us all the way back in 2014 and an album every two years appears to be the rule of thumb for Minaj. She appears on the newest issue of Marie Claire, sitting down with Janet Mock to talk on everything from feminism to to Blacks Lives Matter.

"On the people living with violence in our country: "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 ... The strong women in these inner cities often go unnoticed ... no one really ever puts a hand out to them."

On the double standard that exists for women of color in the media: "When Kim Kardashian's naked picture came out, [Sharon Osbourne] praised it, and my fans attacked her for being such a hypocrite. 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."

On collaborating with Beyoncé: "Every time Bey and I do something together, I see how women are inspired, and it has nothing to do with how we look. It has to do with how we are owning who we are and telling other women you should be the boss of your own career and the brains behind your life or your decisions or your art. I just love that feeling."

You can check out more of the Marie Claire shoot below:

We love a good spread. Particularly when that spread involves the crème de la crème of music stars in glossed up, drama-filled fashion spreads. With 2012 on its way out, we couldn’t help but take a trip down memory lane and gather up our favorite editorials this year. Some you may remember, while others you may have forgotten or *gasp* even missed. From Katy Perry channeling her inner bombshell to Lana Del Rey’s trademark come hither stare, these images only added to their allure (and gave us even more of a reason to worship them).


Gwen Stefani: Harpers Bazaar

Memorable quote:

(regarding her first encounter with red lipstick)

I remember sitting in my ghetto, beat-up Honda Prelude and putting on that lipstick in the rearview mirror and being like, 'Uh-huh, I like that. That's the shit right there.' I never stopped after that.

Photographer: Terry Richardson


Katy Perry: Interview Magazine

Memorable quote:

Unfortunately, I think a lot of people are affected more by the idea of fame than the actual work ethic involved. A lot of them just want to be reality TV–type people who don’t do anything. And if they actually want to pursue a skill, whether it’s creating or writing or acting . . . Well, that’s hard. Even if you actually have the good intent to do something creative or special with your life, it’s hard. I mean, look at the number of people who actually get the opportunity.

Photographer: Mikael Jansson


Lady Gaga: American Vogue

Memorable Quote:

I hate the truth so much that I would prefer a giant dose of bullshit any day.

Photographer: Mert & Marcus


Lana Del Rey: British GQ Magazine

Memorable quote:

 It’s the only thing that’s really important to me. My music is a luxury. Just like being here in Monaco is a luxury.

Photographer: Mariano Vivanco


Miley Cyrus: Marie Claire

Memorable quote:

(regarding her engagement ring):

I had no input. We’d been kind of talking about getting engaged…I saw it online at one point and thought it was really pretty…I just love that it’s old and has a story. And I’m happy because it doesn’t look like anything else I wear.

Photographer: Tesh


Rihanna: American Vogue

Memorable quote:

Seriously, all I want is a guy to take me out and make me laugh for a good hour and take my ass back home. He doesn’t even have to come up. All I want is a conversation for an hour.

Photographer: Annie Leibovitz


Rihanna: Harper’s Bazaar

Memorable quote:

When I was in love, I fell so hard. I was really, really, really in love. The way it made me feel was priceless. And in a blink of an eye my whole life changed. Everything that I knew was different. I never thought I’d feel that pain in my life. I’m afraid of feeling that again.

Photographer: Camilla Akrans


Rita Ora: The Sunday Times’ Magazine

Memorable quote:

I don’t really hide behind my lyrics. I don’t really sing something that I don’t believe in or that is not going to happen or that I want to happen, so it’s all things that I really believe in. There are no boundaries to my music; if I want to a reggae song, I’ll do a reggae song tomorrow. I feel like I want to embrace music to its fullest potential and want everyone to have fun with it and realize you can escape for .three minutes.

Photographer: Damon Baker


Selena Gomez: Glamour Magazine

Memorable quote:

I grew up in one of the biggest high schools in the world, and that’s the Disney Channel. Everybody was falling in love with each other or not liking each other, and it was exhausting…and I was the shy one in the corner. And now I’m so opinionated, and I don’t have time for the cattiness. I have good people around me, and I’m glad I’m at the place I’m in. I wish I was there back then.

Photographer: Ellen von Unwerth


Taylor Swift: American Vogue

Memorable quote:

I just don’t really feel like dating. I have this great life right now.

Photographer: Mario Testino