Nicki Minaj - GQ - Nov. 2014

As she gears up for her upcoming Pinkprint album, Nicki Minaj graces the pages of GQ for its November issue.

For the story, dubbed “Cheeky Genius,” the rap star poses in a sexy skirt and open top for photographer Mark Seliger, showcasing her busty cleavage. In the interview, Nicki talks about her early jobs in customer service and waitressing at Red Lobster, saying she was fired from the latter; her surprise over all the attention the video for “Anaconda” received; and her natural look.

The November issue of GQ hits newsstands nationwide on Oct. 28. Below are excerpts from the piece.

On her customer service job: “I like dealing with people, but I don’t really like a lot of bullsh*t, so maybe customer service wasn’t the best job for me.”

On her natural look: “I always thought that by the time I put out a third album, I would want to come back to natural hair and natural makeup. I thought, I will shock the world again and just be more toned down. I thought that would be more shocking than to keep on doing exactly what they had already seen.”

On the video for “Anaconda”: “I think the video is about what girls do. Girls love being with other girls, and when you go back to us being younger, we would have slumber parties and we’d be dancing with our friends.”

On the “Anaconda” cover art: “I just said I’ll put it out, never thought in a billion years that people would be putting [other] people’s heads on it. It’s the craziest sh*t.”