News: Nicki Minaj Squeezes Out Sex Symbol Image, "That's Why I Make The Goofiest Faces"
Saturday, Feb 20, 2010 11:47AM
Young Money's Nicki Minaj has opened up about her ever-changing personality and why she has steered clear of trying to take on sex symbol comparisons to other female artists.
In addition to her image, Nicki spoke on making a name for herself off the Beam Me Up Scotty mixtape track, "Itty Bitty Piggy" in the upcoming Feb/Mar 2010 Fader Magazine.
"That's the craziest once I've written yet," she told Fader Magazine writer Julianne Escobedo Shepherd. "I sound like a Martian. I just really didn't give a d*mn, just being crazy as I could possibly be...I don't know where I fit in the spectrum of rap yet, I think now I'm kind of proving myself, but before, people thought I was more of a sex symbol or wannabe sex symbol. Now they're seeing. That's why I make the goofiest faces, I don't want people to think I'm up here trying to be cute. I'm trying to entertain, and entertaining is more than exuding sex appeal. I don't think that's fun. I don't find it fun watching someone trying to be sexy. It's wack. I'm trying to just show my true personality, and I think that means more than anything else. I think when personality is at the forefront, its not about male or female, its just about, who is this weird character?" (The Fader Magazine)
Last summer, Nicki addressed initial bias labels she battled due to her image.
"The sexual and sexy stuff is really not who I am," Nicki explained in an interview. "I think all girls can take a sexy picture. Me, the core person, is more about making dope music, saying cute things and having fun. And being young and free-spirited so I'm focusing on just being me and what I do is, you know, I rap, I sing, I act. I combine all of those because I never feel like I'm the same person. You know what I mean, I feel like I'm different. My movement right now is based on all the girls in the world, no matter what their age is, race is, whatever, just coming together and having fun." (The Boom Box)
Nicki also turned heads after making a sexual advance towards Foxy Brown on The Come Up DVD last year.
"She always made me feel like, 'I like you,' and that's big coming from her," Nicki said alongside Foxy. "In my situation with [Lil] Wayne, Foxy was one of the first people who said 'Do that sh*t' like she compared it to Jay-Z and herself at the time. She said f*ck with Wayne...Want a menage? No, I'ma turn Foxy Brown out. Y'all ain't ever heard Foxy on no crazy sh*t. I'ma turn her out. She the baddest b*tch in the game right now, she's looking real succulent, real good right now. She's turning me on right now. Nah [laughs] but I'ma put it on Foxy, but yeah, shout-out to her for being a real b*tch and to all y'all fake b*tches out there, please, no h*mo." (The Come Up)
The female rapper has also stirred reactions amongst the women in hip-hop.
"Nicki Minaj is a talented rapper," Lil Mama said in an interview. "She's out there, she's doing her. What she represents, I don't represent and she's doing something different, that's her lane. As the voice of the young people, Lil Mama, I focus on bringing up young girls to respect their bodies, respect theyself, do it up." (BET)
Check out a recent Nicki Minaj interview below: