As she gears up for the release of Barbershop 3, Nicki Minaj appears on the cover of the latest issue of Nylon.
For the sexy spread, shot by Matt Irwin, Nicki sports a blonde bob wig, while rocking a colorful crop topand skirt combo, a bra and jeans, and a studded leather jacket. And, in the accompanying story, she opens up about her boyfriend Meek Mill, their rumored engagement, and acting.
The April 2016 issue of Nylon hits newsstands March 29. Below are a few highlights from the interview.
On her next album: “I needed time to hear myself think again because where I left off with The Pinkprint was a little bit emotionally unstable… Now, I want my happiness to be reflected in the new stuff.”
On Meek Mill: “When he and I were just friends, he would always say, ‘You remind me of my mother,’ and I like that because you’re like a dude. You’re tough like a guy and you talk like a dude. So, I always got the sense that me being tough and bossy was a turn-on for him. And it’s important for me to keep my voice. Being in a relationship shouldn’t mean that you lose your voice. Being in a relationship should mean that you’ve met a secure-enough man to allow you, in a sense, to remain a queen.”
On their rumored engagement: “I’m not engaged yet. … He said that my third ring would be my engagement ring. But sometimes he calls me his fiancée, and I’m always trying to stop him, like, ‘Nope! I ain’t got that third ring yet!’ We’re just taking it one step at a time. And, you know, if that happens, if I get married, then I’ll have a child, and that’ll be fun, because I can’t wait to hold my baby.”
On her acting ambitions: “At that time [in high school], I was obsessed with Jada Pinkett [Smith] — I wanted to be Jada and Halle [Berry] mixed. Now I’m going back to those desires.”