Nicki Minaj reigns on the cover of The New York Times’ T Magazine new 2017 Greats issue. The rapper and global brand continues her pared down beauty transformation while serving up Sade vibes in the spread featuring a clean glam beat, deep red lip, brushed back tresses and perfectly shaped baby hairs.
The history-maker stars in the cover series as one of six masters in their fields, alongside the likes of author Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie and actress Amy Adams, where she talks reinventing the rules and overcoming obstacles.
On trusting her instincts:
“I believe in my gift wholeheartedly,” she says. But this self-assurance was not easy to come by. “Sometimes I wake up and say, ‘I don’t know if I can do this anymore,’ you know? I’ve had those times. I’ve had those years where I’m just like, ‘Am I good enough?’ ” But she believes in her “ability to withstand what would break the normal girl,” she says.
On being a woman in the industry:
“I had so much going against me in the beginning: being black, being a woman, being a female rapper. No matter how many times I get on a track with everyone’s favorite M.C. and hold my own, the culture never seems to want to give me my props as an M.C., as a lyricist, as a writer. I got to prove myself a hundred times, whereas the guys that came in around the same time as I did, they were given the titles so much quicker without anybody second-guessing.”