Nicki Minaj Speaks On Her “Marilyn Monroe” Single, Dealing With Idiots Online & More

November 2, 2012 by Danny M

Interviews

Nicki Minaj Speaks On Her Marilyn Monroe Single, Dealing With Idiots Online & More

The Guardian recently spoke with Nicki Minaj while she was promoting her M.A.C “VIVA GLAM” lipstick at Selfridges in London, England three days ago.

They discussed what Nicki is afraid of, her lipstick, what the #1 lesson would be if she was teaching pop music at a school, who she models her English accent from, what the plans are for her “Marilyn Monroe” single, how she deals with idiots on the Internet, and more!

You can read the full interview after the jump below.

Good afternoon, Nicki. What scared you when you were six years old, and what scares you now?

Heights, and heights.

Did you have a traumatic height-related experience?

Yes! When I was younger, in Trinidad, one of my cousins was really tall and he would pick me up then throw me in the air. I was so scared. I remember thinking: “I’m a young kid, I’m going to die, why is everyone laughing?” I was three years old!

I was once put in a hammock by a sailor, and now I don’t like hammocks.

You see I do like hammocks. I need you to get over that fear.

We’re sitting here in Selfridges because of your new lipstick, which is flamingo pink. What are the top five shades of pink?

Well, flamingo pink. Hot pink. Baby pink! HOT PINK! And fuchsia.

Flamingos are pink because they eat pink things. If you were to turn the colour of what you eat the most, what colour would you be?

Now that’s a great question. [Guffaws] I’d be brown! [Cackles] Like fried chicken! No, I don’t eat fried chicken any more. I’d be yellow. Yellow like a mango. I eat a lot of mangoes.

Your lipstick business is a bit different from normal product endorsements. Can you explain your connection?

Two of my mom’s brothers died of Aids, in Trinidad. It was a long time ago, but they passed, both of them. On top of that, a quarter of a million people in Trinidad have Aids. That’s a lot of people on a tiny island, and it’s an island that I’m from. Forty percent of adolescents in Trinidad have no education on HIV and Aids. And that’s what the campaign does – it puts it out there on blast. Awareness, awareness, awareness. And my fans really got behind it. They made my lipstick the biggest-selling Mac Viva Glam lipstick ever, and now we’re introducing the lipgloss.

That part is a bit lost on me, Nicki. I’ve never even worn lipstick.

[Eyes light up] You’ve never put on lipstick? [Turns to entourage] Do we have a brand new lipstick? [Grabs lipstick from assistant] Now, I’m going to apply it. Look, you start right on the outer ridges. Oh my God look at how your face is coming to life already! [Continues applying lipstick] Amazing. I love it. Oh this colour is so pretty. Do you have children?

Yes.

Oh God. [Turns to entire entourage] Doesn’t he look nice? I swear! I’m not kidding! It looks pretty. I know that’s not what you wanted to hear. [Brandishes hand mirror] Look!

That’s actually marginally better than I was expecting.

RIGHT!

If you were to go back to LaGuardia and teach pop music, what would be the lesson on day one?

Arch your back and stick your boobs out.

On whom do you model your amazing English accent?

[Slips into amazing English accent] There are so many, but one person was Scary Spice. I used to listen to her all the time and try to make the same faces she’d make when she was talking. [Hams it up even further] Oh I don’t know … [Back into Nicki voice] Oh, and Hermione from Harry Potter!

Can you do a Scary Spice face now?

[Contorts face into ludicrous expression] There!

You know your song Marilyn Monroe, and the way it is the best song on the album?

Yes! [Reaches over to high-five G2]

Is it going to be a single, or do I to have to organise some sort of protest?

IT HAS TO BE. It will be. We wanted to do it now, but then UK radio started playing Va-Va Voom. We’re definitely going to have Marilyn Monroe top of the year, and we’re going to spend quality time on the video. We’re going to take care of that one.

What advice do you have when it comes to dealing with idiots on the internet?

Not to react! I’ve got caught up in reacting, sometimes, ‘cos I’m crazy. It’s better to realise that they’re not talking to you, they’re talking to your image. I’m not Nicki Minaj.

CANCEL THE INTERVIEW!

[Laughs] But seriously, it’s important to know that you’re an amazing person. You have to know that as long as you love who you are – your morals, your values, that type of stuff – you’re OK. And I have to remind myself of that, I really do. It gets tough. I just tell people: don’t even come in the business if you think it’s going to be peaches and rainbows and unicorns. It’s not for the faint of heart. It’s for fighters.

I like to think of your lyric “starships are meant to fly” as being a heartfelt line about human beings not reaching their full potential in life. But is it just there to rhyme with “reach up and touch the sky”?

No, that’s exactly it! That’s what I feel. Just go for it! Stop limiting yourself! And that’s a great feeling. It’s a great feeling to not box yourself into anyone’s limitations or ideas or judgments. That’s what it means to me. So you were right!

Cheers!

[Ludicrous English accent] CHEERS!

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3 Responses to “Nicki Minaj Speaks On Her “Marilyn Monroe” Single, Dealing With Idiots Online & More”

  1. Barb4Lyf Says:

    Cant Wait To See A Music Video For Marilyn Monroe =]

    Reply

  2. Boss Says:

    I love to eat mangos to..come give me your mango nicki just sit on my face.

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  3. ♥Nicki♥Drake♥ Says:

    I’m going to try a mango just because Nicki eats it! AND I WISH SHE WOULD MAKE WHIP IT A SINGLE ._.!!! But honestly I want all the songs to be singles and have videos! And I’m not just saying that because im a super Nicki Minaj fan its just that all the songs on the album are freakin amazing!

    Reply

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