Named one of the icons on Time Magazine’s TIME 100 list of most influential people in 2016 (click here), Nicki Minaj had a chat with the magazine about how she has grown to be the woman that she is and how she has learned to be unapologetic in chasing her dreams.
Nicki Minaj shares how she has become a voice for equality and female empowerment.
In the video interview with TIME, Nicki Minaj advises women to be direct about how much they feel they are due.
“One thing I learned along the way in business is the necessity for you to be unapologetic about asking for how much money you deserve. At a very early stage in my rap career, I was making six figures for shows…If I heard there was another rapper making that, I thought, ‘you know what? I get out there and demand or command a crowd. I get out there and make my fans happy. I get out there and give a real show. I want that, too.’ And I pushed myself to be better with my showmanship, but I also decided, you know what? I want to be compensated well.”
She encourages women to own their greatness and understand their professional worth.
“I would tell women starting out in business, if you know you’re great at what you do, don’t ever be ashamed to ask for the top dollar in your field. If I’m great at what I do, I can’t be denied. Some things may be overlooked but no one can deny my brand, and that’s the words of wisdom I would give to other young women.”
On her collaborations with Beyoncé’ she says, “Whenever I do something with her, I can feel the impact online and in the venue, wherever we are,” she says. “It just feels like young women are being empowered and inspired because I think it says a lot when you see two young women at the top of their field, whether they’re black or white, it just means a lot when you see them owning who they are and owning the business.”
Watch the video below.