Nicki Minaj, the world’s biggest female rap superstar, has meticulously crafted her own image — and maintained it with uncompromising control. Read the full story:
  1. Addressing Miley Cyrus: "If you want to enjoy our culture and our lifestyle, bond with us, dance with us, have fun with us, twerk with us, rap with us, then you should also want to know what affects us, what is bothering us, what we feel is unfair to us. You shouldn’t not want to know that.’’
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  2. On the Drake-Meek Mill beef: “It doesn’t make me feel good. You don’t ever want to choose sides between people you love. It’s ridiculous. I just want it to be over.’’
  3. On men and work: ‘‘In my relationships, I’ve been told, ‘You don’t have to work that much.’ But I can’t stop working, because it’s bigger than work to me. It’s having a purpose outside any man.’’
  4. On body image: ‘‘Back in the day, in hip-hop, the thick girl was glorified. Now the rappers are dating skinny white women. So it’s almost like, ‘Wait a minute, who’s going to tell the thick black girls that they’re sexy and fly, too?’ ’’
  5. On her childhood: ‘‘I thought that the only reason my mother didn’t leave my father was for financial reasons. From early on in my life, I looked at a woman not having her money as the biggest curse. Now that I’m an adult, I realize that women stay whether a man’s rich or poor. It’s just a weakness.’’
  6. On being asked if she thrives on drama: “That’s disrespectful. Why would a grown-ass woman thrive off drama? … Do not speak to me like I’m stupid or beneath you in any way. I don’t care to speak to you anymore.’’