Before going into details on the double standard women of color face in the media, as well as competing with men in the music industry, she briefly teases us with her latest treatment of sexy in a mini photoshoot. After you take a look at the pictures above and behind-the-scenes moments from her visit to Marie Claire’s offices, take a look below at Ms. Minaj praising the Carter family.

JAY Z’s influence on her career:
“I don’t need to read a book about [business]. I can look at someone’s career and just pinpoint the dos and the don’ts, and the one person I’ve done that with for my entire career was Jay Z. He did such a great job being an authentic street guy and a businessman, and I was like, Why aren’t there women doing that, taking the success from rap and channeling it into their empire? I felt like anything he could do, I could do.”

Working with Beyoncé:
“Every time Bey and I do something together, I see how women are inspired, and it has nothing to do with how we look. It has to do with how we are owning who we are and telling other women you should be the boss of your own career and the brains behind your life or your decisions or your art. I just love that feeling.”

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