Nicki Minaj recently spoke with Elle about the success she’s achieved in her career and her plans for the future. The YMCMB star also touched on her experience growing up after moving from Trinidad to the US.
Minaj offered some advice to women explaining that her key to success was to keep a tab on what’s happening round her while maintaining her confidence. “My advice to women in general: Even if you’re doing a nine-to-five job, treat yourself like a boss. Not arrogant, but be sure of what you want- and don’t allow people to run anything for you without your knowledge. You want everyone to know, Okay, I can’t play games with her. I have to do right by this woman. That’s what it’s all about,” she told Elle.
Minaj explained that while she’s learned to heed her own advice as a result of the difficult transition of moving to the states. “I went through a lot of bullying early on. Girls made my life a living hell. We had come to America from a different country. My brother and I had accents. It was very tough. So I’ve always put up this wall – it was a self-defense mechanism growing up – because I was almost expecting people to attack me. And I still have it. It’s sad,” said Minaj.
Minaj also explained that she has some massive goals for the future which far outstrip her original intentions in the music industry. “My goal in the beginning was to buy my mother a house. Now I realize, Okay, if I really focus and become a key player in business, then I can build an empire. I’m thinking of a legacy that I can be proud of and wealth that my grandchildren can use to go to college. So world domination- in terms of providing for my family – is absolutely my goal,” Nicki explained.