UPDATED JUNE 22ND 2018: Added new image of limited subscriber cover with Taylor Hill by Terry Tsiolis. (source)
Nicki Minaj stars on ELLE US’s July cover, shot in Paris by Karl Lagerfeld with styling direction by Katie Mossman, and opens up to the fashion publication after a four-year hiatus with a new album and a new outlook on life.
Minaj discusses being single for the first time, Meek Mill, how trap is taking over rappers, what it was like working with Karl Lagerfeld, and much more.
On being single for the first time since she was 15:
“I remember feeling like I could do anything at one time in my life and somewhere along the line, I just started second guessing myself for whatever reason. As soon as I realized that I could actually live and breathe, and eat and sleep, and walk and talk, without having a boyfriend, something clicked in me.”
On talking to the judge who oversaw Meek Mill’s case:
“I know that when I went there pleading for his freedom, I know that she”—Judge Brinkley—“spoke to me and was very sweet and maternal, and we both cried in her chambers, and she gave him another chance. So I don’t know what’s going on.”
On trap taking over rappers:
“The truth of the matter is, trap has taken over so much that even our New York rappers are doing nothing but trap songs, because they feel that that’s the way to make it. They’re rapping like people from the south.”
On working with Karl Lagerfeld:
“I couldn’t think straight anymore. I was like, Oh my God, I couldn’t…it felt like a dream.” (source)
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