You can always count on Nicki Minaj to come through with an effortless slay and her latest Harper’s Bazaar Russia cover is no exception. Lensed by Greg Swales, the rap bombshell serves beauty goals with a blonde bob unit styled by the legendary Kim Kimble and a glowing beat crafted by Sheika Daley.
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Styled by KC Jones, the Chun Li rapper poses it up in a slew of high fashion pieces from Tom Ford, Roberto Cavalli and Phillip Plein. Inside the spread, she gets candid about taking a four-year break, gaining self confidence, how she handles hate and so much more.
On taking a four-year break:
“Although my music has been growing, I felt like myself was stuck somewhere,” she shares. “So I had to grow to catch up with my rap. I started recording ‘Queen’ when I was in my best shape. At some point everything was going so right, that I started panicking: it can’t be that easy, it shouldn’t be. That is why today I work on every beat with perfectionism.”
On gaining self-confidence:
“I had to work on it a lot,” she shares. “I’m just a normal girl that had cried a thousand times sitting near the mirror and spent most of the childhood inside of the car as a way to escape from parents fighting.”
On how she handles the hate:
“At some point I have realised that the ones that hate me the most are the ones that are aware of how powerful I am.”
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