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Saturday, November 8, 2014

Nicki Minaj Talks Body Image Amid Anaconda Video Criticism While Displaying Her Famously Curvy Physique In Magazine Shoot


Nicki Minaj is known for her killer curves and don't-mess-with-me attitude to boot.

But the amply curvy woman responsible for one of this summer's hottest tracks - the bootylicious Anaconda - seemingly doesn't see herself quite the same way everyone else does.

'I consider myself a skinny girl,' she tells Billboard magazine as she graces the cover looking every inch the beautifully curvaceous star that she is.

The remark about her own figure comes as she addresses the criticism Anaconda faced, with plenty of haters panning it for objectifying women with sizeable booty and degrading those who don't.

'Everything we see that's labeled as beautiful is very skinny,' she explains. 'In the song, I kind of say, "F*** them skinny girls." But it's all love. I consider myself a skinny girl.'


She continues: 'I went overboard with the video to show that I'm not going to hide. And those big-booty dancers I have, they're not going to hide. Black girls should feel sexy, powerful and important too.'

While the accompanying video may not have been a hit with everyone, the song itself sure was, landing the 31-year-old her biggest hit to date.

The song peaked at number two on the Billboard Hot 100 list, beaten to the top spot by Meghan Trainor's All About That Bass, which, coincidentally is also about loving one's curves.

And Nicki's not the only one who believes she is empowering women to be proud of their figures, with acclaimed fashion designer Roberto Cavalli labelling her an 'ambassador' for the public's acceptance of a more shapely body.

'She inspires women to embrace their curves and to be more confident,' he says.


There is no mistaking her famously fabulous figure in Billboard's latest issue, the beauty appearing on the cover in a colourful snakeskin leotard with a metallic gold bustier-style overlay featuring intricate sequinned design.

Three sequinned straps go up from the bustline to the neck, while a huge gold bib-like neckplate and metallic cuffs on both wrists pull the look together.

She stands with her arms up in the air, her fingers gently touching above her head.

While the photo is cut off right at her crotch, you can see that her legs are crossed, accentuating the shapeliness of her thighs and bottom.

Her long raven locks are styled sleekly, with a rolled fringe framing her pretty face.

Her flawless complexion is highlighted and contoured to perfection, with a soft pink on her cheeks to match her plump pout, her eyes played up with huge false lashes, winged kohl liner and dewy bronze shadow.

The rapper appears in two additional shots wearing the same ensemble, one hand on her hip as she gives different expressions, both looking directly into the camera and at the floor.

Another image sees her squeeze into an extremely clingy black latex mini-dress featuring a contrasting white pattern that plays up her curves.


Her hair appears a little more crimped in the shot and is pulled up into a high ponytail, while she combines her two previous stances - with one hand on her hip while the other is raised above her head in a decidedly salsa-dancing-like manner.

Her ample cleavage is on full show in the low-cut number, the bodice consisting of a bra-like corset style top.

Though during the interview it becomes crystal clear that Nicki is no fan of up-and-coming Australian rapper Iggy Azalea, whose own rise to the top has been meteoric to say the least, Minaj does give props to singer Beyoncé, with whom she collaborated on the song Flawless.

'There's something about her work ethic that always made me feel like no matter how hard stuff gets, I'm not allowed to complain,' she explains. 'Some women give me the feeling that where there's a will, there's a way.'

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