Young Money’s Nicki Minaj recently decided to tone down her sex appeal and to set a good example for young women.
Minaj also said she she is comfortable with her individuality.
“I made a conscious decision to try to tone down the sexiness,” she tells Interview magazine. “I want people–especially young girls–to know that in life, nothing is going to be based on sex appeal. You’ve got to have something else to go with that…I don’t mind being called a weirdo…There are a lot of people in hip-hop who are probably never going to get what I do. But, by just being myself, I end up touching a lot more people who might never have paid much attention to a female rapper.” (Rap-Up)
Recently, Minaj talked about limiting her sexual lyrics and toning down her antics in order to be taken more seriously.
“When I grew up I saw females doing certain things, and I thought I had to do that exactly…The female rappers of my day spoke about sex a lot . . . and I thought that to have the success they got, I would have to represent the same thing. When in fact I didn’t have to represent the same thing…I’m not abandoning the funny voices. I just did a crazy tribute to ODB’s ‘Shimmy Shimmy Ya’…But it’s coming up more with the album. I had a teacher in elementary who would stand on her table and whisper. We’d all turn around like, ‘What is this lunatic doing?’ But she would achieve what she wanted. She wanted us to stop talking and listen. I feel like I need to mellow it down so people can hear what I have to say.” (VIBE)
Earlier this year, Minaj claimed she was trying to ditch the sex symbol image.
“That’s the craziest once I’ve written yet,” she told FADER 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 toentertain, 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)
New York rapper Lil Mama previously addressed Minaj’s sex appeal.
“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 down below: